Beth Mather

Beth Mather

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Edmonds, Washington, US
United States Navy
Ensign, Operations Maintenance Department, NAS Sigonella
Catania, Italy, 01/17/1984

After graduating from Susquehanna University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business, Beth Anne reported to Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island in October 1981 and received her commission as an Ensign in the United States Navy on February 12, 1982.

On arrival at the Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Sicily in March 1982, she was assigned to the Operations Department, where she was both Administrative Officer and the Commander of the Fleet Air Detachment Liaison Officer (CFAD) billets. In August 1983, she was reassigned as the Transient Line Branch Officer of the Operations Maintenance Department, while retaining the CFAD billet. She was awarded the Navy Achievement Medal in December 1982. At the time of her death on January 17, 1984, she was the “Bull Ensign” at the Naval Air Station, Sigonella, Sicily. Beth Anne is buried in Arlington National Cemetery.

 Beth Anne’s mother, Quartermaster Liz Mather asks that if you should find yourself in Washington, D.C. that you take time to visit Arlington Cemetery. And when you do, that you take one red carnation to place on Beth Anne’s grave.

Beth’s portrait is also on Poster 7


3 Responses to “Beth Mather”
  1. Paul Shingleton says:

    I was stationed at NAS Sigonella from June 1982-May 1984. I knew Ens Mather at work and she lived not far from me at the beach. She was one of the nicest officers I ever had the privilage to know. Sadly I was on my way home from work on the morning of the accident and found her and her friend in the wrecked car. It was one of the worst days of my life. I have never forgotten her and I wish there was more I could have done to save her. All I could do was try to comfort her and keep her warm with my jacket. Here I am 28 years later and I still think of her. I hope that all that knew her will remember her fondly. She was a great person taken from earth far too soon!!

  2. Larry Pickett says:

    I knew Ens Mather through her fellow officer who was in the car with her at the time of her death and who I worked for in the NBC Dept.
    She was indeed one of the nicest, down-to-earth officers I have ever known. She didn’t look down on enlisted or talk down to us or treat us any differently than she did officers. While I knew her and we did speak quite often I did not know her well. Still it was a very sad day when we lost her.

  3. John Steiger (aka Leland Steigs) says:

    It’s a Crime Against Humanity that Beth was taken from US in her youth!

    Such an Injustice !!!

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