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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.

from Washington Post

Mildred Dalton Manning, Army nurse and WWII prisoner, dies at 98

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 ~

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.

from Vintagraph

Join the WAC now

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."

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.

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.

from Upworthy

15 badass women of World War II you didn't learn about in history class.

15 badass women of World War II, Violette Szabo, Allied Spy wreaked havoc against Nazis in France until she was caught and died in Ravensbruck