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"Seabee Betty" remembered always by Navy

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by Michele Catahay

Guam - U.S. Naval Mobile Construction Battalion 11 honored Vicenta Chargualaf Peredo with a wreath laying ceremony today at Veterans Cemetery in Piti. Peredo was born in 1934 in the village of Yona, affectionately called "Seabee Betty" by service members and civilians.

She became a mother and friend to thousands of Seabees deployed to Guam in the 1950s when she began reaching out to the military until her death in 2003. Her daughter Debbie Peredo Lujan has carried on her legacy by hosting dinners every year for the Seabees.

"She left a great legacy behind. For the past 52 years, she's been doing this for the military, for the Seabees, especially. We've been trying to carry on the same things. I gather my Seabees at least once a year to go down to her house and throw a feast for them and I do hope to continue this legacy up until time permits," she explained.

Lujan says Seabee Betty provided meals to service members at least three times a year up until her passing.

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