Mrs. Bortnick was born 1/2/22 in NYC to Louis and Bessie Koch, Jewish immigrants from the town of Gombin, Poland. After graduation from high school she worked for a year in a doctor's office. With the advent of WW2, she enlisted in the WAVES with the first group to do so from NY. After completing training in Stillwater, OK, she reported to the Naval Hydrographic Office in Suitland, MD, working there until the end of the war.
In late 1944 she met her future husband,...
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