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New Ensign Commissioned By U.S. Navy In Veterans Museum


September 5, 2019

Lidia Danilevich takes her oath of office from Lt. Barbara Sterrenberg.

Registered nurse Lidia Danilevich was commissioned as U.S. Navy ensign in the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas on Aug. 30. Lt. Barbara Sterrenberg, from the Navy Officer Recruiting Station in Knoxville, Tenn., administered the commissioning oath.

Danilevich, a Russian national who earned her U.S. citizenship in 2015, began nurse's training at Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem and finished at University of North Carolina-Greensboro. Given her choice to be deployed to Japan, Fort Belvoir or Walter Reed Medical Center, she chose Walter Reed.

Danilevich was born in the Kemerovo Region of Siberia, Russia, and received a degree in finance there. Influenced by her father, a dentist, and her physician grandfather, she decided to pursue a medical career in the United States, coming here in 2009 when she was 21 years old. In Greensboro, she has been working in critical care.

Lt. Sterrenberg, the commissioning officer based in Knoxville, wanted to find a special place for this important ceremony for Danilevich, who lives in Winston-Salem. She did an internet search and found the Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas, and thought the museum would provide the perfect, respectful venue for such a solemn occasion for this young ensign. Brevard was a good "halfway" point for each of them to travel.

After taking the oath, Danilevich received her official commissioning certificate which read, in part, "Know ye that reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of Lidia Viktorovna Danilevich, I do appoint her as an ensign, Nurse Corps, United States Navy...," by the president of the United States.

For a photo with the official commissioning certificate, Danilevich chose Brevard's U.S. Navy Captain Maureen Copelof's uniform display, along with the American flag.

The Veterans History Museum of the Carolinas is located at 21 E. Main St. in Brevard next to the courthouse. Admission is free. Open hours: Wednesday – Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday from 1 to 4 p.m. For group tours or to purchase an Honor Wall plaque for a veteran, call 884-2141 or visit


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