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Rosemary Mariner

Rosemary Mariner (Wikimedia Commons/Smithsonian)
Rosemary Mariner (Wikimedia Commons/Smithsonian)

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April 09, 2020 "Until today, I did not know of her. She was born about the same time period as myself. What an inspiration she is to us all. She is in Heaven, flying and inspiring others. It is good to know of her." - Edward Johnson (Phoenix, AZ)
March 18, 2019 "From a grateful Nation our Condolences and heartfelt Thanks to a Hero and Mentor to generations." - Tye Seeley (Port Townsend, WA)
February 17, 2019 "Heart felt condolences to family and friends. At Purdue, we knew Rosemary as Rosie Merims. It was a short walk from the Harrison Hall dorm to the Purdue airport. Rosemary would invite friends to fly with her whenever she was logging flight hours. Her personality was engaging, but she was not one to seek the spotlight. She simply pursued her love of flying and did not see any reason for road blocks. Youngest female to get a pilot license in California and first female to graduate from Purdue's Aviation Technology program. Then an exceptional career as the Navy's first female aviator. Of all the great pilots from Purdue, it seems that Amelia Earhart and Captain Rosemary Mariner would be at the top of the list of female pilots. Rosemary's impact was immediate early in her Naval career and she continued to influence several generations throughout her career. Her drive for excellence and tenacity to open opportunities for women is a testament to the American spirit." - Kent Novatny (Naperville, IL)
February 08, 2019 "In loving memory of a wonderful person. We will love you and miss you always." - Camella Ford (Houston, TX)
February 07, 2019 "Deep condolences from the extended Reyner-Perry-Gardner family. She was an amazing woman and inspiration to all of us." - Glenn Gardner (Greenbelt, MD)
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Rosemary Mariner was the U.S. Navy's first female jet pilot and the first woman in the military to command an operational air squadron. Chosen in...
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