Leona Chasse has traveled around the world, but home is Cornish, Maine. She was born in 1924. Calvin Coolidge was president. The month after she came into the world, Rhapsody in Blue, by George Gershwin, was performed for the first time. That year, J. Edgar Hoover was appointed head of the FBI, New York City hosted the first-ever Macy’s Day parade, and Nellie Ross was elected governor of Wyoming, the first woman governor in the United States. Twenty years later, in 1944, Leona was in the Navy, part of a secret mission that helped bring World War Two to an end. When we met, she was eager to talk about her life, then and now. You’re going to love listening to her stories.
Listen to my conversation about aging with Leona Chasse, 95
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Read a transcript of our conversation
A few pictures
Leona (L) and her older sister
Learn more about the code girls
- The Code Girls by Lisa Mundy
- How the American Women Codebreakers of WWII Helped Win the War
- WWII women code breakers hold first reunion in over 70 years
- Bletchley Park
Conversations About Aging airs every other Monday. My next conversation is with Bill Saltzer, who is 93 and recently moved into an assisted living facility in Gorham. We talked about the joys and challenges of living on your own and coming to terms with needing help even though you feel perfectly capable and want to remain independent. He also told me about his time in the war as an interpreter.
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