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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    Charette and Navy Petty Officer First Class Regina Clark were posthumously awarded the Purple Heart Cpl Valdez and LCpl Charette were the first two women Marines killed in Iraq Eleven women survived and fought through both the explosion and the firefight that ensued Marine Maj Gen Douglas O Dell Jr wept as he awarded Purple Hearts to the survivors from Cpl Valdez s force He was moved he told the Marine Corps News not by special sympathy for the women but because of the display of equality born of that horrible day in Fallujah The general explained that while military leaders believed women Marines could perform as bravely as men under deadly attack there had never been a trial like the one in Fallujah to prove it As he bestowed Purple Heart medals upon the brave Marines before him the general said that he saw the heroic beauty of equality in bravery It s the difference between believing in a miracle and then seeing one he said Cpl Ramona M Valdez is depicted on a plaque at the Valdez Training Facility Camp LeJeune NC USMC Photo by LCpl Billy Hall MGySgt Keith A Sylvain the division s communications chief remembered the heroic beauty of Cpl Valdez s service at her memorial She was a well respected hard working Marine who was always a joy to work with he said Though the most junior rank in her section MGySgt Sylvain noted that Valdez s communications skills and dedication to doing any job that needed doing and doing it very well gave her clout above her rank That her Marine Corps family would remember their sister in arms for her hard work and dedication came as no surprise to her family back home Cpl Valdez grew up with an instinctive understanding of responsibility and duty and an almost impatient drive to achieve born perhaps of her immigrant roots and a deep appreciation for the freedoms and opportunities the United States holds Her Immigrant Roots Cpl Valdez immigrated to the Bronx NY from the Dominican Republic when she was six years old She grew up within blocks of Yankee Stadium knowing that the cheer she most wanted to shout was Oo Rah Her mother Eldina Nunez told the New York Times that her daughter had first started talking about joining the military in elementary school a desire that only grew stronger after the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks in New York City Her family says that though she liked shopping and hanging with friends their teen was dedicated to two things family and country At age 14 the future Marine corporal volunteered to find work The first generation immigrant knew where she wanted to work she got her first paycheck from selling concessions at the Statue of Liberty Cpl Valdez was driven to finish high school early graduating from Jane Addams High School at age 15 and attending community college so she could get into the work force and better support her parents

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    who was awarded the Silver Star for action against an armed enemy in Iraq making her the first woman since World War II to receive one of the nation s highest awards for valor CAPT Joy Bright Hancock Lady in the Navy uncovers the story of one of the first women ever to serve in the Navy as a World War I Yeomen F USMC Names 1st Woman to Command a Recruit Depot looks at the history making day when the Marine Corps welcomed a new commander of its Recruit Depot in San Diego making Brig Gen Angela Salinas the first woman in Marine Corps history to lead one of its two recruit training facilities Lady Thunderbird tells the story of a 5 year old girl who stood in awe of an F 4 Phantom fighter jet at an air show in 1979 and 26 years later became the first woman demonstration pilot in the Thunderbirds 52 year history and the first on any US military high performance jet team USCG Makes History 1st Ever Woman Vice Commandant highlights the story of VADM Vivien Crea who recently became the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard making her the first woman ever to serve as a deputy service chief in any of the US Armed Forces History Collections The History Collections section of our Web site in filled with information stories and resources to help you learn more about the history of America s servicewomen About the History of Women Serving in America s Defense offers a series of historical articles that take you on a journey through women s service from the early years through the 1990s Our Exhibit Archive presents new subjects and materials and focuses on individuals groups and events to extend the reach of our programs and

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    Although her life was very fulfilling as a wife and mother she says she missed the military despite working as a civil servant in the quality assurance field So just as she had done 10 years before when she wanted something more for her life Tana joined the Marines this time as a reservist The Reserve offered her a way to serve her country while balancing a federal career and the care of her growing family It also brought Tana an unexpected gift a new job in career planning which she remained in until her discharge in 1982 Two years after Tana s discharge she and Gary welcomed their fifth daughter Dorthea into the world and what a small world it turned out to be They didn t know then that their last child would be the one to follow them into military service When she was just a year older than her mother had been in 1964 Dorthea made a surprise announcement one Sunday morning in 2003 when she and her parents were on their way to breakfast She wanted to be a Marine Unlike her own father s reaction in 1964 Tana and her husband had no hesitation about their daughter joining the Marines In fact they turned out to be a great resource for her something Dorthea says helped her to make an informed decision Although old photos of her parents hung on the walls of the family home Dorthea says she didn t really pay much attention to the fact that her mom was wearing a uniform Once she realized that her mom had gone before her it changed her outlook on entering the Marines Knowing she did it made me want to do it Dorthea says I even wanted to go to the same boot camp Dorthea never considered any other service She knew that by choosing the same service as her parents they could help ease the transition to military life and it was a bond they would share forever She was right From the moment she made her announcement Tana and Gary now a retired master gunnery sergeant helped their daughter gather all the information they could so she could weight the options both good and bad There were 40 years between my service in 1964 and Dorthea s in 2003 Tana recalls We wanted her to have all the information and be on hand to answer questions From left USMC retired MGySgt Gary Maxwell USMC Cpl Dorthea Maxwell Daniels and former USMC SSgt Tana Maxwell gather at Camp Lejeune NC in February 2005 before Dorthea deployed to Iraq Photo courtesy of Tana Maxwell The support of her Marine parents not only helped Dorthea make the decision to join and helped her get through boot camp in 2003 it also became one of her lifelines when she got orders to Iraq After completing basic training Marine Combat Training and Postal School Dorthea found herself serving at the Headquarters and Headquarters Support Battalion at

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    Women s History Month 2006 To purchase the Women s Memorial 2006 Women s History Month poster call 800 222 2294

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    History Month 2004 By 13th PAD photo November 7 2003 Pfc Jessica Lynn Nicholson earned the Army Commendation Medal after subduing an Iraqi man who attempted to bring a grenade

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    10 2003 Recruit Laurel Johnson Plt 4029 November Co 4th RTBn negotiates her way over Gonzales Crossing during Event 4 of the Crucible Sept 10 Johnson has two brothers in the Marine Corps however today she was the first female

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    Calif prepares to load an AIM 20 AMRAAM air to air missile onto a skid in order to transport it to an aircraft aboard USS Nimitz CVN 68 Nimitz and her embarked Carrier Air Wing Eleven CVW 11 are conducting combat missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom Operation Iraqi Freedom is the multi national coalition effort to liberate the Iraqi people eliminate Iraq s weapons of mass destruction and

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    sites and people here Photographers have taken more than 5 000 photos since arriving here in late October More than 239 of those images have been sent to the Joint Combat Camera Center at the Pentagon where they are made

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