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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

Retirement ceremony for Viola Brown Sanders, 1966

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Object ID: WV0323.6.024

Description: Viola Brown Sanders listens as Vice Admiral Benedict J. Semmes, Chief of Naval Personnel, reads the citation accompanying her Legion of Merit award at her retirement ceremony at Navy Yard, Washington, D.C., on 31 August 1966. Behind her sits Captain Rita Lenihan, who replaced her as the Director of Women in the Navy (Assistant Chief of Naval Personnel for Women). Sanders and Lenihan wear the white summer service dress uniform, officer's service cap with white cover, and white gloves.

Collection: Viola Brown Sanders Papers

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