Stories of Honor: WWII vet and centenarian Charlotte Sanddal served as Naval aviation machinist mate

CURT SYNNESS For the Independent Record

Charlotte Sanddal, a World War II veteran who served as a U.S. Navy aviation machinist mate, recently celebrated her 100th birthday.

Charlotte Sanddal

A century ago, just two years after women earned the right to vote in 1920, the U.S. Supreme Courts rebuffed Leser vs. Garnett, a challenge to strike down the 19th Amendment to the Constitution.

Also, the USS Langley was commissioned as the first Navy Aircraft Carrier, with pilot Lt. Virgil Griffin launching the first plane from her deck.

On the sporting scene, the New York Giants won the World Series over crosstown New York Yankees; and three MLB players batted over .400 – George Sisler (.420), Ty Cobb (.401) and Rogers Hornsby (.401).

Jack Dempsey was the heavyweight champion of the world, while Morvich won the Kentucky Derby and Jimmy Murphy captured the Indianapolis 500 at an average speed of 94.5 mph. The Cadets garnered the 1922 Army-Navy football game, 17-14.

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