Name: Janice Blackburn
What branch of service were or are you in?
At what age did you join?
18 years old
What rank were you?
What made you want to serve our country?
Love of our country, I considered it an honor.
What advice would you give someone looking to go into the military?
It will give you many opportunities to be a better person.
What is your favorite quote?
I am blessed.
Did you make any close friendships while in the service? Did you continue any of those relationships?
A few, I still have contact with one of these.
What was the best and worst ‘military’ food you were served, and why?
Breakfast was always the best meal of the day!
How did (does) your military experience affect your life today?
It taught me to be organized and to set goals.
Do you recall the day your service ended? Where were you?
With sadness to leave. Bainbridge, Maryland
What did you do in the days and weeks afterward?
I was married and started a family.
Where did you travel while in the service?
Florida and Maryland
Do you recall your first days in service?
Yes, I thought, “What have I gotten myself into”?
Did you work or go back to school?
Is there anything you would like to add that we have not covered in this interview?
I have always felt a sense of duty to my country. It also gave me a loving husband; a marine, who I lost after 23 years of marriage to suspected agent orange, John K. Blackburn.