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Killed in the Oklahoma City bombing:
1995: 4 US Military women, 7 US Civilian women
Total a/o 1 Jan 09: 4 US Military women, 7 US Civilian women
11 US women killed in OKC
On 19 April 1995 the Oklahoma City Bombing took place at the Murrah Building. Listed on this page you'll find some of the women who died that day--most of whom had a military connection of one type or another. Some are military, some are civilians and one had a military background. Other women, men and children also died. All their stories can all be found at Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum which is the Official Website where I got this information from as well as the photos that are shown here:
CIVILIAN Rebecca Anderson, 37
Rebecca “gave the ultimate gift to mankind” while rescuing survivors at the bombed federal building when she collapsed as a result of a head injury and later died. “She gave her life helping other people. She was safe. She could have stayed home,” her husband, Fred Anderson, said. Rebecca was a practical nurse at Brookwood Nursing Center. Besides her husband she is survived by her children Hilary and Gabe Johnson, as well as Rachael and Britton Harrold.
USA SFC Lola Renee Bolden, 40
Lola, who was originally from Birmingham, AL, had been stationed in the Oklahoma City Recruiting Battalion for four months. The 15-year Army veteran worked in the fourth-floor recruiting station in the federal building. The single mother had transferred from Colorado to Oklahoma in January. Her son Ricky described his mother as kind and funny, and said she would have pillow fights and “stuff” with her kids. She is survived by a daughter and two sons, Ricky Hill, and Jonathan.
CIVILIAN Karen Gist Carr, 32
Karen was a “people” person who embraced life. “She just made living a 24-hour vocation,” said the Rev. Leslie Brown, pastor of First Christian Church in Midwest City, where Carr attended. Karen was an advertising assistant for the Army recruiting office. In addition to her full-time job, she was an aerobics instructor at the Downtown YMCA and at Rose State College. She was also a member of the Mid-Del Toastmasters Club. Karen and her husband Gregory had just celebrated their eighth anniversary eight days before she was killed in the explosion.
CIVILIAN Peggy Louise Holland, 37
A Kentucky native Peggy became a welcome addition to the Oklahoma City area in 1987 when she assumed responsibilities in public information and command information programs for the Army. Most recently a computer specialist for the Army Recruiting Battalion in Oklahoma City, Peggy gave much of her time to children at Knob Hill Baptist Church as a Sunday school teacher, children’s choir teacher and vacation Bible school teacher. She was also secretary of the Coolidge Eyes and Ears Neighborhood Watch Association. She and her husband Richard have two children, Erica and Kylie.
USAF A1C Lakesha R. Levy, 21
Lakesha was intelligent and a budding comedian. Karen Johnson of New Orleans said her niece was focusing on her medical-related job aspirations, but she had a wonderful sense of humor and could easily have excelled as a comic. In one of their last telephone conversations, Karen said Lakesha mentioned she had dreamed she was a stand-up comedian. Karen said her niece’s dream came as no surprise since she always kept the family laughing. Lakesha always had a joke to tell and brought smiles to everyone’s faces, Karen said. Lakesha, of Midwest City, was training to be a lab technician at Tinker Air Force Base. She had gone to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building to obtain a Social Security card, relatives said.
USAF A1C Cartney Jean McRaven, 19
Cartney had returned from a four-month deployment in Haiti two weeks before the bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. Four days before the bombing, on 15 April, she married Senior Airman Anthony Shane McRaven. The couple was planning a large formal wedding in December. On the morning of 19 April Cartney was in the Social Security office at the Murrah Building reporting her name change. She was a native of Watertown, SD. She was a member of the 3rd Combat Communications Group, 32nd Combat Communications Squadron. She and her husband were both stationed at Tinker Air Force Base. The couple spent much of their spare time helping in a local Salvation Army soup kitchen. “We stand back in tears and disbelief and ask, ‘Why?’” said a press release issued by her unit.
CIVILIAN Claudine Ritter, 48
"Claudine had friends around the US and was always helping others," her cousin, Marilyn Harrington said. In fact, Claudine was constantly taking trips just to visit her elderly aunts and uncles hundreds of miles away. "She'd go just to be with them, then take them places," Marilyn said. "She was the kindest person, and she loved her three grandchildren dearly." Claudine, of Moore, OK, had been a collection officer for the Federal Employees Credit Union since February 1987. She was raised in Atwood and joined the Army in 1965. She maintained active and reserve status. She attended Rose State College and Central State University, where in 1982 she earned a bachelor's degree in accounting. She also obtained her teaching certificate.
USA MSG Victoria Lee Sohn, 36
Victoria had an “illustrious career,” giving 16 years to the service of her country, and was remembered with outstanding compliments. “Placing all others’ needs above her own, she unselfishly gave her care and concern to all whose lives she touched,” read the obituary for Victoria of Moore, OK. “Vickey was a perfectionist, striving for and achieving a level of accomplishment surpassed by none.” She is survived by her husband, SFC Gregory P. Sohn; as well as her five children, Gregory Jr, Jessica, Stephen, Victoria Marie and John Michael. “Vickey, above all else was a beloved wife, and a devoted mother of five children.”
CIVILIAN Dolores M. Stratton, 51
Dolores, who lived in Moore, OK, was a good friend, mother and grandmother. She was a military personnel clerk for the Army recruiting office. Her husband is retired Air Force MSG Charles “Chuck” H. Stratton. They have a daughter, Michelle Sawyer; a son, Jay Sawyer; and two stepdaughters, Kim Fairclough and Kelly Stratton.
CIVILIAN Kayla Titsworth, 3
“Kayla was at the Murrah Building with her family in the Army's Recruiting office when the bomb exploded. SGT William Titsworth was at the U.S. Army Recruiting Battalion to report for his new assignment in Oklahoma City after transferring from Fort Riley, KS.”, said COL John Meyers, director of public affairs for the Army Recruiting Command in Fort Knox, KY. William, his wife Gloria, Kayla and her sister Katie were in the office’s processing unit on the 4th floor, probably filling out paperwork, at the time of the bombing, COL Meyers said. William, Gloria and Katie survived the blast. According to her aunt, Kellie Bouillon, Kayla was full of life, loved purses and her family.
CIVILIAN Wanda Watkins, 49
Wanda of Oklahoma City could crochet circles around most people. She was a civilian who worked for the Army as a clerk in the recruiting office. Wanda loved to dance, was an Elvis fan and collected records and liquor bottles, although she didn’t drink. She also will be remembered for her good sense of humor and the colorful flowers in her garden.
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