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Mary Bonnin was a former Master Chief in the United States Navy. She retired from her position in 1996. She had been with the United States Navy for 24 years, graduating at the top of her class in both air and gas scuba diving. She then became the first woman Master Diver,[1] and later she would be one of the first women to enter the Women Divers Hall of Fame.

Mary Bonnin
Allegiance United States
Service/branch Navy
Years of service 24
Rank Master Chief
Awards First Female Master Diver

Military career[edit | edit source]

Mary Bonnin enlisted in the United States Navy in 1976. She graduated top of her class, and later became the first female diver certified in both air and gas diving. During her tour she trained over one-thousand divers, and worked in various posts around the ship. She also served as the leading diver safety authority. Mary Bonnin was eventually discharged from the Navy in 1996.[2]

Achievements[edit | edit source]

Over the course of her military years she has won many awards and honors. She was added into the Women Divers Hall of Fame (WDHOF) in 2000.[3] The WDHOF was designed originally to give tribute to the most notable divers, however it quickly developed into a tribute of women that helped the exploration of the sea. Many notable women have been inducted into the WDHOF such as: Dr. Eugenie Clark, U.S. Chief Scientist Kathy Sullivan, and many others.[2]

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