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Shortly after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, Colonel Ruby Bradley was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines. After her capture, Bradley continued to work as a nurse in prisoner of war camps until 1945. She is the most-decorated woman in US military history.
Cornelia Fort, 1941. Fort was a civilian instructor pilot at an airfield near Pearl Harbor, Hawaii, when the Japanese attacked on Dec. 7, 1941. She was killed on March 21, 1943 while ferrying BT-13 trainers in Texas, making her the first American woman to die on active military duty. She is pictured here with a PT-19A. Photo courtesy of the US Air Force.
“Stagecoach” Mary Fields (c. 1832-1914) was born a slave in Tennessee and following the Civil War, she moved to the pioneer community of Cascade, Montana. In 1895, when she was around 60 years old, Fields became the second woman and first African American carrier for the US Postal Service.
The USS Oklahoma is pulled upright after capsizing due to damage during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor Dec 7, 1941. It was an amazing feat never before tried. 21 massive GE DC motors were anchored to the shore and cables strung to the ship. It took three months to pull the ship upright. It was beached, patched up and sold for scrap, but while being towed to the US, it developed a leak. Despite the efforts of the salvors, the ship settled and finally, after many hours, rolled over and sank.