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Kat McCard Story

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This is veteran Kathrine McCard's story written by Carly Washebek, student reporter for the War: Through Their Eyes, Vol. 3, Warriors & Students multimedia project.

Major: Women's Studies, University of Wisconsin Oshkosh
Military Rank: Machinist Mate Second Class E-5, USS George H. W. Bush, United States Navy
Service dates: February 2004-October 2009

Super Mom

by Carly Washebek

Her children, ages 4 and 8, count on her for everything. “Mom, I’m hungry.  Can you get me a snack?” “Mom, I’m bored. Will you play with me?” With one arm, she scoops up her son, Aiden, and plops him on her lap. She reaches with her other arm to grab her daughter, Alexis, a snack, and a smile grows across her face. Kathrine "Kat" McCard enjoys each moment of being a mother because six years ago, she was patrolling the Atlantic Ocean on a ship with the U.S. Navy, away from her home and family.

In addition to her single parenting role, McCard is a senior at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh majoring in women’s studies with dreams of one day becoming a certified midwife.

To read the entire story, please download this PDF.


In this audio podcast, Kat McCard talks about why she joined the military right after high school.


In this audio podcast, McCard talks shares her thoughts on 9/11 and why she chose to join the Navy.


In this audio podcast, McCard talks about the lessons she learned from being in the Navy and what she will pass down to her children.


Podcasts produced by student reporter Carly Washebek.

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