Burnice Ruth “Cunningham” Shaver
Rank: Technical Sargent
War or Conflict: World War II
Years of Service: 3
Burnice Ruth joined the W.A.A.C. in 1943 and by 1944 it had been changed to the W.A.C. She attended basic training as part of the Signal Corp at Camp Crowder, MO and later lived in the W.A.C. Tent City at Daytona Beach, FL. She was assigned to the Pentigon where she served as a Cryptographer until her release from military service in 1946. She received the good conduct medal twice. The first time was in 1945 and the second time was in 2005. All her medals were stolen by looters after a hurricane destroyed her home in 1970. Command Master Chief Phil Salcido befriended mom and learned about the theft of her medal. He worked with his commanding officer, Captian Jon Tobias, mommodore of MCM Squadron Three. In a surprise ceremony, at her place of employment, arranged by the US Navy, the US Army and Walmart Incorporated, mom's work associates and shoppers watched as Commander Tobias pinned the replacement medal onto her Walmart vest.