Margaret “Peggy” Dye, 98, one of the last surviving Navy nurses who were on duty at Pearl Harbor during the Japanese attack of Dec. 7, 1941, died Aug. 20 Carriage Hill Nursing Home in Bethesda. She had congestive heart failure.
The death was confirmed by her son, Williston L. Dye Jr.
Mrs. Dye served in the Navy Nurse Corps from 1937 to 1942 and was stationed at Pearl Harbor during the surprise attack that led to the United States entering World War II. She tended to the wounded for days.
“When you are working in a hospital, you expect to be able to cope with tragedies,” she told the Honolulu Star-Bulletin in 2001. “We did what we had to do, and we were trained to do it.”
When the Disney film “Pearl Harbor” was released in 2001, she attended the premiere aboard the aircraft carrier John C. Stennis, which was moored in Pearl Harbor.
Margaret Morgan Swann was born in Piney Point, in St. Mary’s County and was the oldest of 10 children. She completed high school in Baltimore, where she also received a diploma in registered nursing from Mercy Hospital’s nursing school in 1936.
She married in 1942 and accompanied her husband on his Navy assignments before settling in the Washington area around 1950. She was a Bethesda resident.
She did volunteer fundraising work for the American Cancer Society and the American Heart Association. She was also a founding member of Lakewood Country Club in Rockville and a member of Holy Redeemer Catholic Church in Kensington.
Her husband, retired Navy Capt. Williston L. Dye, died in 1981.
Survivors include three children, Judy Pureka of New Canaan, Conn., M. Marilyn Smith of Waterford, Va., and Williston L. Dye Jr. of Las Vegas; a brother; and six grandchildren.
— Adam Bernstein