Ensign Lavonne V. Woodlock
Reflections on this veteran's military service
Submitted by Janice Berry
This is Lavonne's own words: On my way to work one day, I passed the Post Office and there was a sign, Join the Waves! So I walked in and joined. My parents were not happy at first. I was taking college classes to become a teacher. I completed them and was sent my certificate where I was stationed. Was in Boot Camp in May 1944, and then off to NY, saw a film, "Here Comes the Waves." From NY went to Bethesda, MD for Corp Nurse Training, from there to Camp Pendleton, Oceanside, CA. Worked in the wards helping the veterans that were wounded in the war. After about 4 months I was sent to Jacksonville, Fl for Occupational Therapy training. Stayed there until I was discharged in 1946. Traveled across the country with 3 other ladies, Davena Sutton and her friend Sattareh Farman Farmaian, who wrote a book titled, "Daughter of Persia." All four of us ladies traveled around the country and had the most fun! Decided to apply at Pacific Telephone Co instead of teaching as they paid more money. In 1949 I married Woody and in 1950 we bought our home in Lakewood. Our nephew Robert Berry came to live with us in 1953 and we had a family. Upon retiring I painted, volunteered helping handicapped individuals paint. I volunteered also at the Sheriff's Station, and was a Neighborhood Watch Captain for many years.
Lavonne Woodlock and her husband Woody bought their home at 4623 Dunrobin Ave Lakewood, Nov 5th, 1950 and lived there 62 years. After retiring Lavonne received Lakewood Special Award for Volunteer and received Mayor’s Volunteer Award with the City of Lakewood.