Pattie Lees discusses her service with the Navy, the path that led to that service, and her later life. Born in Cairns as one of six children, Pattie and her siblings were taken into government care and eventually split up, with Pattie and her brother being sent to Palm Island. Pattie and her siblings were told that their youngest sister had died, but she had actually been adopted out. Pattie’s childhood in the orphanage was difficult, and she absconded at 17 to find her mother. Soon after, as part of her belief in having a purpose, and ‘not being a bludger’, Pattie joined the Navy as a steward at HMAS Cerberus. Pattie enjoyed the Navy, particularly as it ‘built’ her, and she had a close relationship with the officers she served. Pattie left the Navy when she married, and regularly attends Anzac Day, particularly to remember her friend Fran Loban, a Torres Strait Islander in the WRANS, based in Canberra.