Women serving America
Carol Franson is a Regulatory project manager in the Eugene field office. She has worked for the Portland District for 12 years. The opportunity to travel prompted Carol Franson to join the Navy in 1970, a decade during which the military underwent many cultural changes in relation to the nation’s shifting social attitudes and expectations. She served as a personnelman near the end of the Vietnam War and was at the front gate of her base recording the Admiral’s interactions with protesters; saw nuclear weapons removed from the base after the war; and made the local news in San Jose, Calif., in 1976 as one of the first women who were allowed to remain in the military when she became pregnant. Toward the end of her pregnancy she had to wear civilian clothes, because the Navy did not design maternity uniforms until 1978.

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Photo by: Portland District. U.S. Army Corps of Engineers |  VIRIN: 130311-A-RD042-004.JPG