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 on December 7, 1941, Colonel Ruby Bradley was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines. After her capture, she continued to work as a nurse in prisoner of war camps until 1945. She is the most-decorated woman in U.S. 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 he...

Last Angel of Bataan. Mildred Dalton Manning died March 8 at age 98. She was an Army nurse held prisoner by the Japanese in the Philippines for almost three years during World War II ~

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

During the violent months preceding the liberation of Paris, Wake killed a German guard with a single karate chop to the neck, executed a women who had been spying for the Germans, shot her way out of roadblocks and biked 70 hours through perilous Nazi checkpoints to deliver radio codes for the Allies. And she was a New Zealander. In spite of Hitler she lives to be 98.

Three U.S. Navy nurses are decorated with purple heart medals in Saigon to become the first American women to receive the medal for service in the Vietnam War at a ceremony on Jan. 7, 1965. The nurses were wounded in an explosion in Hotel Brink in Saigon, Christmas eve. From left are, Lt. Barbara J. Wooster of Laurel, Md.; Lt. Ruth A. Mason of Goshen, N.Y.; and Lt. Ann D. Reynold of Dover, New Hampshire.

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.

This WWII poster for the Recruiting Publicity Bureau of the United States Army was illustrated by artist Bradshaw Crandell, c. 1943. "Are you a girl with star-spangled heart? Join the WAC now! Thousands of Army jobs need filling! Women's Army Corp. United States Army."

Edith Louisa Cavell - Was a British nurse who is celebrated for saving the lives of soldiers from all sides during World War I, for which she was arrested. She was found guilty of treason and sentenced to death. Despite international pressure for mercy, she was shot by a German firing squad. Her execution received worldwide condemnation and extensive press coverage. She is well known for her statement that "patriotism is not enough. I can’t stop while there are lives to be saved."

*WWII PIN ~ honoring Pearl Harbor hero Dorie Miller, a black messman who was untrained in machine gun use due to rigid Naval segregation policies. Miller took over a machine gun aboard the USS West Virginia and was officially credited with downing two Japanese planes. He was honored as one of the first heroes of World War II, and six months after the attack was given the Navy Cross by Admiral Chester Nimitz.

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."

pinner writes: Ensign Jane Kendeigh, a US Navy nurse, was the first Navy flight nurse to reach Iwo Jima after the Allied invasion, March 1945.

Witold Pilecki - To prove that Auschwitz was killing people, not a labor camp, forged papers,entered a ghetto roundup, and was sent to Auschwitz. He redistributed food to prisoners, trained them in martial arts, and passed news out. He & a few others beat up guards, stole their clothes and left the camp carrying the guard's stolen papers. They were in the woods for 3 days, til they met up with the Home Army and passed the info on. This was the first evidence of the existence of death camps.

Ilse Koch was the wife of Karl-Otto Koch, commandant of the Nazi concentration camps Buchenwald (from 1937 to 1941) and Majdanek (from 1941 to 1943). She was accused of taking souvenirs from the skin of murdered inmates with distinctive tattoos. She was known as "The Witch of Buchenwald" by the inmates because of her cruelty and lasciviousness toward prisoners. She is also called in English "The Beast of Buchenwald", "The Bitch of Buchenwald"and the "Butcher Widow".

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

During the First World War, Almina, the 5th Countess of Carnarvon, transformed the Castle into a hospital, and patients began to arrive from Flanders in September 1914. She became an adept nurse and a skilled healer and hundreds of letters from patients and their families bear testament to her untiring work and spirit of generosity. The Castle returned to a private home and in 1922 the 5th Earl of Carnarvon and Howard Carter discovered the tomb of Tutankhamun, the first global world media ev...

A navy photographer snapped this photograph of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in Hawaii on December 7, 1941, just as the USS Shaw exploded.

Army Air Assault Combat Engineer Metal Sign

Jack Palance-Army Air Force-WW2-wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart and Victory Metal (Actor)