Six San Diego Veteran Women Visit Washington Women’s Memorial



SAN DIEGO, Calif. (KGTV) – The Honor Flight San Diego made its first trip in two years to Washington DC on the weekend of October 1, 2021. On that trip, 94 veterans of World War II and the Korean War were flown to our nation’s capital to visit their war memorials.

On this trip there were six women. The women made a separate trip to the Museum of Military Women to take a look at the history of women in the military.

At the memorial, they each received recognition for their service.

World War II veteran Winona Ruth Gunther received additional recognition due to her work as Navy WAVE. She shared with the group some of her memories of that time, including caring for teenagers in hospital.

“A youngster said to me, talk to me, I want to hear a woman’s voice,” Gunther said.

Gunther also received a special award for having passed the age of 100. She will be 102 at the end of the year.

Each woman on the trip has a unique history and past. In addition to Gunther, another WWII veteran, Patricia Mary MacIsaac, was also a Navy WAVE. There were four female Korean War veterans including Joy Charlene Prentice, Arlene Ann Dianish, Gail Helen Davis
and Mary Lou Voigt, who are all four Marines.

Women agree that they did not get the recognition they deserved during wars, so they are grateful to receive it now.

“It’s time they honored women,” Gunther said.

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