Out of Step

Out of Step

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by J. Lee Watton
     
 
Nobody asked, but somebody told.
Heartbreak and humor from a WAVE who was there
Out of Step by J. Lee Watton is a memoir about a frightening 1965 military witch hunt among Navy Waves. The book, with a foreword by Col. Grethe Cammermeyer, released just as the U.S. military finally lifted the ban on gay people serving openly, gives a compelling, detailed and

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Nobody asked, but somebody told.
Heartbreak and humor from a WAVE who was there
Out of Step by J. Lee Watton is a memoir about a frightening 1965 military witch hunt among Navy Waves. The book, with a foreword by Col. Grethe Cammermeyer, released just as the U.S. military finally lifted the ban on gay people serving openly, gives a compelling, detailed and emotional account of what happened at a Navy training ground in 1965.

During that summer, the Office of Naval Intelligence launched a major inquiry into reports of suspected homosexuality amongst a group of young, spirited, naïve WAVES stationed at the U.S. Naval Training Center, Bainbridge, Maryland.

The Navy referred to the inquest by the code name “The Family”. The investigation included daily interrogations and a witch hunt against the women under investigation, their friends and other WAVES whose own careers were threatened. At the time, this investigation encompassed the largest number of WAVES at the same base, to be discharged simultaneously.

At the conclusion of the extensive and terrifying probe, while no attorneys were assigned to represent the defendants and nothing was ever proven, five Waves were discharged. The incident had life-long ramifications for the young women.

Now, 45 years later, journalist Jane “Lee” Watton, one of the discharged WAVES tells the true story of that summer of 1965, with its forbidden desires and lessons learned the hard way - coming full circle with a 21st century reunion for the former Waves and some surprising revelations.

Retired Col. Grethe Cammermeyer, who took on the military herself over Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, says “This book could not be more timely. (It’s) a tender, fragile love story about a “family” of young women growing up in the military, to the beat of a different drummer, and making decisions with lifelong consequences.”

Rev. Dusty Pruitt, who also fought against dismissal says “In this poignant and humorous memoir, Lee Watton has captured the pride, joy, and camaraderie, along with the ultimate shame and heartache of being a lesbian recruit in the Armed Forces, long before the establishment of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
2940013255685
Publisher:
A&M Books
Publication date:
09/30/2011
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
844 KB

Meet the Author

Lee is the author of Out of Step, a memoir about Navy life in 1965,
before Don't Ask, Don't Tell but not before anti-gay witch hunts.

New Jersey native and retired journalist, Lee is the mother of a 40 year old son. She worked for the Atlantic City Press, a large daily newspaper, in the 1960s, as a general assignment reporter, feature writer, and entertainment columnist. She then joined the Citizen News in Waldorf, Maryland, winding up her career as a staff writer with the Herald Tribune in Sarasota, Fl. She also spent time as a singer/guitar player in the entertainment business during both the 60’s and 70’s. She currently resides along the Delaware Shore, near Rehoboth Beach, with her partner, a retired Army Captain.

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Out of Step 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
NavyVetNY More than 1 year ago
This story took me back to Boot Camp and made me remember it as if it was yesterday! What happened to these girls was terrible, and it continued to happen to others for many more years! I hope that now everyone who wants to, regardless of their sexual prefereneces, can serve their Country with Pride!