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Evelyn Kowalchuk was a frequent speaker at community events.
Friday, April 19, 2013
A memorial service for World War II veteran nurse Evelyn Kowalchuk will be held Saturday at 10 a.m. at Trinity Ecumenical Parish in Moneta. Kowalchuk, who lived in Bedford County, died April 7 at the age of 93.
The Revs. Riley Smith of Patmos United Methodist Church in Huddleston and Gary Scheidt of Trinity Ecumenical Parish will officiate. Trinity is located on Lakemount drive off Virginia 122, about a mile south of Halesford Bridge.
Kowalchuk served as a second lieutenant and flight nurse during World War II as part of the U.S. Army Air Corps’ 818th Medical Evacuation Transport Squadron. She helped evacuate the wounded from Normandy, beginning three days after the D-Day invasion on June 6, 1944.
Kowalchuk was a member of Bedford’s American Legion Post 54 and the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She helped escort President George W. Bush during the dedication of the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford in June 2001, and she participated in many programs sponsored by the Memorial Foundation. She was a frequent speaker at community events, including a 2012 program to honor female veterans, sponsored by the Disabled American Veterans and the Westlake Library, where she gave the keynote address.
Kowalchuk was awarded the Legion of Honor Medal by the French government, and in 2002, was named a Citizen of the Year by the Moneta Ruritans.
Kowalchuk is survived by her son, Peter.
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