KSLA Salutes: WWII Veteran, Daisy Kime

KSLA Salutes: Daisy Kime

SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - If you could master the rail system during World War Two, you were of great assistance to the war effort and that’s exactly what one Shreveport woman did.

In fact, it was her eye for fashion and keen sense of that drew her to the Marine Corps.

The Shreveport native got her first glimpse of military life working at Barksdale Air Force Base, in what's now known at the Civil Air Patrol.

"I remember some planes, I guess at Barksdale, would have fight practice in the air that we could watch and see what they were doing," recalled Daisy Kime.

Her job at Barksdale was in the transportation division.

"Fairly often we sent out troops to go different places on the train and I helped plan that or show them where they were going to go, and then we had a lot of tanks coming in with fuel for the planes and we had to know where they had to go and the train routes and all after they left."

Kime then decided it was time for a change.

"I was not real happy with what I was doing at that time, it was kind of boring, and sometimes I say and I don’t know how much is affected me, but I thought the Marines had the best uniforms," she laughed.

At 20 years old she enlisted in the Marine Corps, eventually working logistics in Norfolk, Virginia helping to guide members of all services through the railroad system.

"I would tell them and write it down if they needed, which train to take to go to where they wanted to go."

One of her most vivid memories though, came during her six weeks of boot camp.

"The sergeants in charge of training us came in really early, I think we usually got up around 5 o’clock but this is even earlier, and told us all to give them $8, they were going to the Post Exchange to get us sleeveless sweaters to wear under our jackets because we’re going to be outside and it was going to be very cold and we would be out a long time."

Daisy and the others marched to the parade grounds where they stood for a special visitor.

"We were to keep our eyes straight ahead, we are not to look to see who it was, so they did that, here comes this long limousine convertible they pulled up and every Marine there cut their eyes to see who it was and it was President Roosevelt," she continued, "It was a pretty exciting thing. People didn't see presidents very much back then you know, he was in this long limousine opened and there is a lady with them and she got out with a little dog and walked around a little bit and we could cut our eyes without moving our head too much."

There's not much Daisy Kime has missed over the last 94 years, but as some memories fade, those of her in the Marine Corps remain close to her heart.

"Being in the Marines really gives you a lot of self-confidence and makes you feel good about yourself."

Just like her memories, a photo of her in her uniform is never to far from her reach.

“I look at it and I’m proud of it,” she smiled, “Well one thing, my lips were fuller then (laughs) they’ve kind of shrunk up, and my eyebrows were darker then, and I didn’t use much make up, but I have a lot of pride in being in the Marines.”

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