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Aug 14, 2013 6:11 PM

Naval 'Pioneer' Re-Visits the Lexington

CORPUS CHRISTI- It was a reunion of sorts on the Lexington today for a woman who helped pioneer the era of women in the military.

Debbie Zanot was the first woman to receive orders to serve on the USS Lexington after women were cleared to serve on battle carriers in 1980.

By the time she arrived later that year, two other women were on board.

She served as an engineering officer for 3 years before she was reassigned, and its been roughly 25 years since she was last on board.

She visited the old ship with her family, and was quickly greeted by a couple of men, whom she served with.

After the reviving of memories past, she toured the ship and even passed through her engineering station and her old quarters.

Debbie says the USS Lexington as a museum is a great way to pass down the importance of history and the people that served for the cause of freedom.

She resides in Tennessee with her family.


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