MF144 Women in the Military

Document Type

Oral History

Interviewee name

Susan Murphy-Hammond


Phyllis von Herrlich

Interview date


Interview location

Augusta, Maine





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Susan “Sue” Murphy-Hammond, interviewed by Phyllis von Herrlich, October 28, 2001, Augusta, Maine. Murphy-Hammond talks about the U.S. Navy: enlisting in 1970; basic training at 18; the strict list of what could be brought; barracks; having to walk paths that were unmarked, punishment if you went off; training with just women; having to have a physical twice; wearing dungarees; 3 uniforms; training with 28 or 30 girls; room standards; failing inspection too many times, didn’t graduate; wearing a wig so she didn’t have to cut her hair; her station in Quonset Point, RI; waves; black shoe; brown shoe; working in aircraft intermediate maintenance department; first class petty officer; husband going to Vietnam; honorable discharge for pregnancy; knife and fork school; working with 2 or 3 other women; hospital on base; belief that all U.S. citizens should serve; people in military turning to alcohol for the loneliness; could drink on base underaged. Text: 34 pp. transcript. Time: 01:33:21.


Part 1: mfc_na3231_c2336_01
Part 2: mfc_na3231_c2336_02


Military History | Oral History | United States History | Women's History

Birth date

December 29, 1951


Camden, Camden County, New Jersey

Nation of origin

United States

Home state/Territory

New Jersey





Branch of service

U.S. Navy

Service Unit

Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service (WAVES), Aircraft Intermediate Maintenance Department

Dates of service


Date of entry

June 1970

Location of Service

Quonset Point, Rhode Island

Entry Rank

E-1 Seaman Recruit

Highest Rank

E-6 Petty Officer First Class

Exit Rank

E-6 Petty Officer First Class


Cathy [co-worker]; Viren [spouse]; Commander Hewson; Neville Dewey


Camden, New Jersey; Maine; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Bay Ridge, Maryland; New England; Quonset Point, Rhode Island; San Diego, California; Texas; Hawaii; Germany; Korea


Women in the Military; Domestic Violence; Sexual Discrimination in the Military; Alcoholism

Collection name

Women in the Military

Collection number


Item number


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