Love of one’s country – that’s how family and friends describe the life of Ann Doyle.
On Monday, the WWII Veteran was laid to rest with honors at the Nashville National Cemetery.
“I think that they [women WWII veterans] really really paved the way for the women of today’s service.” said Janet Doyle-Givens, daughter of Ann Doyle.
Ann Doyle joined the Marine Corps in 1944. She completed basic training at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina. In her early 20s – she was stationed at the former Marine Corps Air Station El Toro, in California.
“She’s got so many memories and so many stories of what all they did, and how things were different back then for men and for women.” said Doyle-Givens.
Doyle-Givens added that during that era — many women weren’t allowed to do the same roles as men.
In the military, her mom drove trucks filled with personnel, aircraft engines and other useful supplies.
Doyle-Givens said it was a job her mom did with passion, and a spirit that would carry her far beyond her days of service.
Doyle was discharged in 1946 and returned to Nashville. She later started her own family and became an accomplished artist, devoted mom, grandma and friend.
“I would not be the man that I am today, if it were not for her.” said Roy Givens, Doyle’s grandson.
“We’re a family, first and foremost. We’re brothers and sisters and we’re all there for one thing – to protect this country. And we love each other and we’re there for each other…and we’re there to send each other off.” said Jane Boulton, a Vietnam Veteran and friend of Doyle’s.
“There was not a person that I don’t think I ever met that didn’t say ‘Oh we just love your mom so much.’ ” said Doyle-Givens