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First Name: Beverly

Last Name: Boyajy

Birthplace: Chicago, IL, USA

Gender: Female

Branch: Marines (present)

Middle Name: Jane

Maiden Name: Thybony

Date of Birth: 23 November 1918

Date of Death: 22 September 2011

Rank: Sergeant

Years Served: 1943 - 1945
Beverly Jane Boyajy


Beverly Jane Thybony Boyajy

Sergeant, U.S. Marines Corp

Wife of Thomas Boyajy, Professor, U.S. Naval Academy and First Lieutenant, U.S. Marine Corps.

Beverly also served in the U.S. Marine Corps, as a Sergeant.

Beverly Jane Thybony was born in Chicago, IL, on 23 November 1918, the daughter of Ernest and Eunice (Watt) Thybony. She graduated from Lakeview High School in Chicago and worked as a switchboard operator before enlisting in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1943. She was assigned to the Separation Company at Henderson Hall in Arlington, VA, as an accounting assistant and newspaper reporter.

She had modeled before her enlistment and was selected by the Marine Corps to showcase its uniforms at various venues, including at local movie theaters during intermissions. To augment its recruitment, the Corps circulated her photographs in newspapers and magazines and selected her to appear on a recruitment poster with women from the Army and Coast Guard with the heading, "Girls! It's Your War Too!" She was discharged from the Marines in 1945 with the rank of Sergeant.

Ms. Boyajy met her future husband, Thomas Boyajy, at a dance at the Hotel Washington in the District of Columbia. At the time, Thomas Boyajy was a Marine Corps Lieutenant stationed at Quantico, VA. The couple was married at St. John's Episcopal Church, Lafayette Square, in 1944 and honeymooned in Cherry Point, NC, where Lieutenant Boyajy was stationed prior to his deployment to Saipan in the Pacific Theater.

Prior to his death in November 2010, Thomas Boyajy was a professor at the U.S. Naval Academy. Beverly and her husband enjoyed social, athletic, and charitable activities at the Academy.

Death and Burial

Beverly Jane Boyajy, 92, passed peacefully at Anne Arundel Medical Center on 22 September 2011. She is inurned with her husband at the U.S. Naval Academy Cemetery in Annapolis, MD.

Ms. Boyajy was predeceased by her father, Ernest Thybony; her mother, Eunice Watt Thybony; her brothers, William, Robert, and Donald Thybony; and her sister, Gloria Davenport. She is survived by her sons, William Boyajy of Gaithersburg, MD; and Thomas Boyajy of Westport, CT; her daughter, Susan Truitt of Millersville; seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.


Honoree ID: 3483   Created by: MHOH




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