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Document Details


Title: Darlene M. Iskra
Local code: AFC/2001/001/3482
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Collection: Veterans History Project
Description: When Darlene Iskra enlisted in the Navy in 1979, her ambitions were modest; she was 27, coming off a divorce, her life in need of a jump start. She unwittingly caught a wave of change in that service, becoming one of the first women to graduate from dive school. Her talent for supervision and her tenacity won her a loyal following in the higher echelons of the Navy, and in December 1990, she became the first woman to take command of a U.S. Navy ship, aptly named the Opportune. Though her ship was on stand-by duty during the Persian Gulf War, Iskra's name was already secure in Naval history.
Original Language: English
Video: [Video available]
Speaker: Iskra, Darlene M., 1952-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 31-Jan-1952
Speaker place of birth: San Francisco, CA; California; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Interviewer: Mears, Rachel L.
Organizations discussed: U.S. Navy
Historical events discussed: Persian Gulf War, 1991
Locations discussed: Africa; Egypt; Guam; North America; Oceania; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Africa; Egypt; Guam; North America; Oceania; Oral history; Persian Gulf War, 1991; Persian Gulf War, 1991--Participation, Female; Persian Gulf War, 1991--Personal narratives, American; Persian Gulf War, 1991--Veterans; U.S. Navy; United States; United States--Armed Forces; United States--Armed Forces--Women
ASP release: 2007-01
Document code: OHI0034627-38155