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At 95 years young, Peggy Lutz is an inspiring figure who served as a Control Tower Operator at both Naval Air Station Klamath Falls and then at Naval Air Station Astoria during World War ll. Come out to the Tillamook Air Museum on Saturday, July 29th from 11 am to 2 pm and meet Oregon’s own Peggy Lutz, a WWll WAVE (women accepted for voluntary emergency service) veteran and author of the acclaimed book, “Never Salute with a Broken Garter.” This is a memoir of her experiences as a woman in the armed forces during the Second World War. Peggy will be signing her book and entertaining attendees with her superb stories, sense of humor and humble attitude.
In 2005, after her husband of 58 years passed away, Peggy had what she called an “insignificant moment” of self-assessment. “I asked myself ‘what have I ever done of my many jobs and occupations to really help, what am I leaving behind, what mark have I made?’ The light bulb went off, ‘I was a woman in the military.” Peggy Lutz was one of the true pioneers. In 1942 following the attacks on Pearl Harbor the military was in great need and began allowing women to join the armed forces. After she graduated from Linfield College in 1943, Peggy ruminated over that, “I was young and healthy, what can I do?” she asked herself. “I was a shy person, not a type A personality