Veteran of WWII, served in the US Army for 28 years
Mary Fish grew up an Army Brat. Her father, a veteran of WWII, served in the US Army for 28 years and was awarded the Silver Star, 2 Bronze Stars and the Purple Heart. Her uncles served in the Army Air Corp, Navy and Marines as well.
In 1965, Fish followed in her family’s footsteps and joined the Women’s Army Corp. She received her training at Fort McClellan, Alabama and was later assigned to Fort Gordon, Georgia. “While in the Women’s Army Corp, my main job was clerk typist and keypunch operator. I was also honored to do some training for the soldiers via closed circuit TV,” says Fish.
After serving in Vietnam, she was able to use her GI Bill to attend nursing school. Fish practiced as a nurse for 25 years until she decided to go back to college to receive her BA in Cultural Resource Management at Southeastern Louisiana University. During her time at SLU, she was fortunate enough to start an internship at the World War II Museum in New Orleans, formerly known as the D-Day Museum. As a result, Fish was able to attend the opening ceremonies which included meeting Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg and Secretary of State Cohen and his wife.
Soon after graduation, Fish was employed at the USS KIDD and worked as an assistant to the director for 7 years. Through this employment, she had the honor of meeting numerous veterans of several different wars. One of the wonderful veterans to be honored among the others was Colonel Murphy Neal Jones, whom we have recently lost.
Fish later retired and decided to return to the work force. She started a new business as an Arbonne Independent Consultant and loves working with people. She has a healthy respect for service to others, hard work and caring for the welfare of humanity. Mary Fish currently resides in Louisiana.