Former WWll Naval officer salutes fellow women vets

Former WWll Naval officer salutes fellow women vets
Edith Pitzer decided to join the U.S. Navy after graduating from UofL. (Source: WAVE 3 News)

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A performance honoring women who served during World War II had personal meaning for one Louisville woman.

Edith Pitzer was a weather forecaster for the Navy.

Performance honors women who served in WWII

At Friday night’s performance at Treyton Oak Towers in Old Louisville, the 96-year-old Pitzer could be easily spotted in the audience wearing a WWll uniform.

She said she got the idea to enlist near the end of the war, when she graduated from the University of Louisville. She saw an iconic recruiting poster at a bus stop.

“That big poster. Uncle Sam wants You!” Pitzer said. “And it started me investigating. I had three maiden aunts and I told them I was thinking about going in the navy. They said we can’t go -- but you can. And I was in. And it’s one of the better decisions I’ve made in my life.”

Pitzer said she spent a year studying meteorology before being assigned to several bases along the east coast. She earned the rank of Lt. Junior Grade and served for two years until the war ended in 1945.

After the Navy, she worked as a chemist, got married and then became a full-time mom to six children.

Honor Flight Bluegrass presented the performance of short plays called "World War Women - the Unsung Heroines of World War II."

Proceeds support Honor Flight Bluegrass' mission of taking WWII veterans, along with those from the Korean conflict and Vietnam War to Washington on a one-day trip to visit their respective memorials.

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