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Opal

DOB: April 26, 2021
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Breeder: Crystal Kennels
Namesake: Sgt. Opal Waldman
Opal is named for Sgt. Opal Waldman of Streamwood, IL. Sgt Waldman made history when she enlisted in the Army during World War II, in 1945. She was 22 years old and followed in her brothers’ footsteps. Six weeks of training and then she was off, serving in military hospitals in Walla Walla, Washington and Camp Roberts, California. Waldman was on the front lines of helping injured soldiers, not as a nurse, but by taking care of hospital equipment. Waldman served for 18 months. She fell in love and got married to a Navy man, which ended in her discharge from her military service, based on the military rules at the time. As proud WWII veteran, Sgt. Waldman was one of the few women to serve in the Army. She enjoyed watching the Cubs and a good game of golf.
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