Lt. Annie G. Fox was the first woman to receive the Purple Heart for combat. She served as the chief nurse in the Army Nurse Corps at Hickam Field during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, on December 7, 1941.
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.
Martha Raye was not only an entertainer, but also was an officer and nurse in the Army reserve. She performed on stage and in the operating room during the Viet Nam war. She's buried in the Special Ops cemetary at Fort Bragg.
Oveta Culp Hobby.. born in Killeen, Tx was the first woman awarded the U.S. Army Distinguished Service Medal in 1945 and 1st to wear the proper uniform for military nurses.She was the 1st secretary of the US Department of Health, Education & Welfare, 1st commanding officer of the Women's Army Corps, & chairperson of the board of the Houston Post. She died in Houston Tx. 1995. A library, a dorm at Texas A & M, a soldiers & family readiness center & an elementary school are all named for…
Private Cathay Williams was the only woman to serve in the US Army as a Buffalo Soldier. On November 15, 1866 she enlisted in the Army as a man. Williams reversed her name William Cathay and lived as a male soldier and served until she was found out due to the last of many illnesses she suffered while a serving. She is the only documented black woman known to have served in the Army during these times when enlisting women was prohibited
Lauretta Schimmoler was the first woman to establish and manage an airport. She also founded the Aerial Nurses Corps of America in 1936 - the forerunner of the USAF Flight Nurses Corps. During WWII, Lauretta served in the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) where she served as a dispatcher at Travis Air Force Base. After the war, in 1946, she commanded an American Legion post – the first woman to do so.
“An eighteen year old boy is carried into the shock ward, and he looks up at me, trustingly asking, “How am I doing, nurse?” I just kiss his forehead and say, “You are doing just fine soldier.” He smiles sweetly and says, “I was just checking,” Then he dies. We all cry in private. But not in front of the boys. Never in front of the boys.” - June Wandrey, WWII in HD....
Lee Marvin (1924-1987). PFC. U.S. Marine Corps, WW II. He left school to join serving in the 4th Marine Division. He was wounded during the Battle of Saipan, a battle in which most members of his platoon were killed. He was awarded the Purple Heart and given a medical discharge. His wartime experiences deeply affected him for the remainder of his life.
WHY ARE THESE WOMEN NOT KNOWN TO US? THEY ARE HEROES. "1st Lt. Aleda E. Lutz volunteered with the unit inaugurated by Elsie Ott designed to carry wounded soldiers quickly away from the war front. Lutz flew 196 missions to evacuate more than 3,500 men. No other flight nurse logged as many hours. In Dec. 1944, her C47 hospital plane picked up wounded soldiers from Lyon, Italy, and then crashed. There were no survivors."
Fleet Admiral Isoroku Yamamoto. Commander of the Dec. 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Commander-in-Chief of the Imperial Japanese Navy 1939-1943. The plane carrying him was shot down by the Americans in 1943.
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Army Patrol Princess Elizabeth driving an ambulance on April 10, 1945. Just two months earlier, the Princess had joined the Auxiliary Territorial Service, which was the women's arm of the British Army. She trained as a driver and a mechanic.
Mrs. Paul Titus, 77-year-old air raid spotter of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, carries a gun as she patrols her beat, on December 20, 1941. Mrs. Titus signed-up the day after the Pearl Harbor attack. "I can carry a gun any time they want me to," she declared. (AP Photo)In Focus - World War II: Women at War - The Atlantic
Though one of eight American military nurses who died while serving in Vietnam, First Lieutenant Sharon Ann Lane. was the only American nurse killed as a direct result of hostile fire. For her service in Vietnam, she was awarded the Purple Heart, the Bronze Star with “V” device, the National Defense Service Medal, the Vietnam Service Medal, the National Order of Vietnam Medal, and the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross (with Palm).
This post is dedicated to some often forgotten heroines of WW2 - The Women's Timber Corps, otherwise known as 'Lumberjills'. The Lumberjills were a unit of of The Women's Land Army along with The Land Girls, who are more often used as the iconic image of the Women's Home Front.