Dorothy Mae Kiernan (1921 - 2007)

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Burial / Funeral

Willamette National Cemetery
Section 2 Site 4272,
11800 Se Mt. Scott Boulevard, Portland, Or

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Independence, Polk County, Oregon

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Branch of service: Us Navy, Us Air Force
Rank attained: PO1, TSGT
Wars/Conflicts: World War Ii, Korea, Vietnam

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Mae

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1921 - In the year that Dorothy Mae Kiernan was born, the silent film The Sheik, directed by George Melford and starring Rudolph Valentino and Agnes Ayres (also featuring Adolphe Menjou) debuted on October 21st. Critics weren't enthusiastic but the public loved it - in the first few weeks 125,000 people had seen the movie - and it eventually exceeded $1 million in ticket sales. And Rudolph Valentino, an Italian American, became the heartthrob of a female generation.

1941 - Dorothy was 20 years old when on June 25th, President Roosevelt signed Executive Order 8802, prohibiting racial discrimination in the defense industry. EO 8802 was the first federal action to prohibit employment discrimination - without prejudice as to "race, creed, color, or national origin" - in the U.S. Civil Rights groups had planned a march on Washington D.C. to protest for equal rights but with the signing of the Order, they canceled the March.

1946 - Dorothy was 25 years old when pediatrician Dr. Benjamin Spock's book "The Common Sense Book of Baby and Child Care" was published. It sold half a million copies in the first six months. Aside from the Bible, it became the best selling book of the 20th century. A generation of Baby Boomers were raised by the advice of Dr. Spock.

1949 - Dorothy was 28 years old when comedian Milton Berle hosted the first telethon show. It raised $1,100,000 for cancer research and lasted 16 hours. The next day, newspapers, in writing about the event, first used the word "telethon."

1977 - When she was 56 years old, on May 25th, Star Wars premiered in theaters. Eventually, it became the highest-grossing film of all time - until E.T. surpassed it a few years later. It was an immediate hit with theatergoers.

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Dorothy Mae Kiernan passed away on March 19, 2007 at 85 years of age. No cause of death has been entered. She was buried in Willamette National Cemetery Section 2 Site 4272, Portland, Or. She was born on May 27, 1921. We are unaware of information about Dorothy's immediate family. We know that Dorothy Mae Kiernan had been residing in Independence, Polk County, Oregon.

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