Chickasaw elder, Women’s Army Corps vet Beaulah Shavney Dies at 91
A beloved Chickasaw elder and decorated military veteran was laid to rest in Sand Springs, Oklahoma on February 26.
Beaulah Shavney was born April 2, 1922, in Marlow, Oklahoma, the eldest of six children born to O.L. and Sylvia Pope. She died February 22, 2014. Her grandmother, Emily Gibson, was a full-blood Chickasaw.
Shavney was educated at Chilocco Indian School in far northern Oklahoma. She joined the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) in 1943 earning the World War II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal, the WAC Service Medal and the American Campaign Medal. She was honorably discharged in December 1945 obtaining a rank equivalent to sergeant.
She met and married Dick Shavney, a veteran and member of a tank battalion who served in the Philippines. They were in uniform when they married at Vine Grove, Kentucky, in December 1944. After his discharge in 1946, the couple resided in Arizona and New York before finally settling in Sand Springs. Mr. Shavney died in 1968.
Shavney was a charter member of the WAC and traveled to Washington, D.C. in 2008 to partake in the Celebration of the Women in Military Service Memorial.
“I felt like it was my duty,” Mrs. Shavney said in a 2012 Profiles of the Chickasaw Nation interview. “It was a good feeling to put that uniform on.”
Shavney took pride in seeing women serving in the military in expanded capacities.
“They are really doing a great job,” she said.
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