Kathleen Byerly

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Commander Kathleen M. Byerly, USN

Kathleen M. Byerly (born c. 1944) is known for being one of the 12 women named by Time magazine Time Person of the Year in 1975,[1] representing American women (at the height of the feminist movement). In May 1975, she became the first female officer in the United States Navy to serve as the flag secretary to an admiral commanding an operational staff.[2]

Byerly graduated from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, in 1966. Following graduation, she joined the U.S. Navy. In 1975 she held the rank of Lieutenant Commander and was a Navy executive and aide to Rear Admiral Allen Hill.


  1. ^ "12 Women Of The Year Named By Time Magazine". Daytona Beach Morning Journal. 29 December 1975. p. 14. Retrieved 9 December 2017.
  2. ^ Ebbert, Jean; Hall, Marie-Beth (1993). Crossed currents: Navy women from WWI to Tailhook. Potomac Books. p. 221. ISBN 978-0-02-881022-5.

Further reading[edit]

"A Dozen Who Made a Difference – Kathleen Byerly: Confident Commander". Time. 5 January 1976. Retrieved 2 February 2008.