Editor’s note: This story was originally published in The Wenatchee World on Nov. 10. 2007. Elizabeth Pearl died a few months later, on May 5, 2008.
Elizabeth Pearl has always felt the pangs of patriotism. After the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, she was the first woman from her Pennsylvania county to enlist in the U.S. Navy’s newly formed WAVES, Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service.