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Lorna Bannigan: Her adult life was launched in the Navy

The United States military has played a large role in Lorna Bannigan’s life, helping her to grow into a confident woman who could raise a family and pursue a career.

Lorna Bannigan

Lorna Bannigan lives in the Waunakee area today, and is grateful for the opportunity to join other women veterans on the May 14 Badger Honor Flight.

The Waunakee woman described herself as bashful at 18 years old, right out of high school, when she joined the Navy in 1955. Growing up in Oregon, Wisconsin, she was ready for an adventure.

Lorna Bannigan

Lorna Bannigan served in the Navy from 1955-57. This picture was taken outside of the mess hall at the United States Naval Station Bainbridge in Maryland.