Gedney, Isabelle

Isabelle J Gedney U.S. Navy WWII
Isabelle J Gedney U.S. Navy WWII

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Date of Birth: 12/10/1917
Died On: 1/24/2009
Street Address: 592 Milton Road
Service Number: unknown
Branch of Service: U.S. Navy-WWII

Veteran Code: USN-71

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Isabelle J Gedney

Isabelle Jane Gedney was born on December 10, 1917, in Rye, New York, her father, Alfred, was 28, and her mother, Edna, was 31. She had two brothers Stanley and Alfred and one sister June. In Rye her family lived at 592 Milton Road and were members of the Presbyterian Church. Isabelle was a Rye High School Graduate, Class of 1937. She enlisted and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

Mrs. Sarah Gedney of Milton Road, has had her granddaughter, Yeoman 3/c Isabelle Gedney, W. A. V. E. United States Naval Reserve (Women's Reserve) , with her for a visit. She is a former Rye resident and is now stationed in Washington, D. C.
PAGE EIGHT THE RYE CHRONICLE Friday, August 11, 1944

The WAVES served in 900 shore stations in the continental United States. Initially, they were prohibited from serving on ships or outside of the country. In September 1944, the Congress amended the law by allowing the WAVES to volunteer for service in the territories of Alaska and Hawaii. Hawaii was the only overseas station staffed with the WAVES on a permanent basis. The officers were employed in such professions as doctors, attorneys, engineers, mathematicians, and chaplains.

Most enlisted WAVES worked in jobs traditionally performed by women, such as clerical work, health care, or storekeeping. A few took over jobs typically held by men, in occupations like aviation machinists, aviation metalsmiths, parachute riggers, control tower operators, radio operators, yeomen, or statisticians.

Isabelle died on January 24, 2009, in Bronx, New York, at the age of 91.

Rye High School Graduate, class of 1937
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