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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    Click on the page numbers below to view the Baghdad Diaries 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/H&C/Exhibits/BaghdadDiaries.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    This panel includes images of 56 of the 137 American Servicewomen who have died in defense of our nation while supporting Operations Enduring and Iraqi Freedom To view a larger image of the poster panel click on the image To read the poster text click here One Woman s Story CPL Jessica A Ellis USA 1983 2008 This panel features a brief biographical sketch as well as photographs of CPL

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/H&C/Exhibits/EllisOnlinePosters.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    Universal Camouflage Pattern The black heart patch on both sides of the helmet identified her as a member of the 2nd Brigade Combat Team and 502nd Infantry Regiment 101st Airborne Division Air Assault The helmet band known as a Cat s Eye band because of two yellow reflector squares on the back of the band includes tabs with her last name blood type and battle number The small black squares found on the top sides and back of the helmet are infrared IFF Identification Friend or Foe squares When night vision devices are used they help identify friendly personnel Velcro tabs cover the squares when not in use On loan from the Jessica A Ellis Family Women s Memorial Foundation Photo Stethoscope Jessica s mother a nurse practitioner presented her with this stethoscope upon her graduation from combat medic training at the Army Medical Department Center and School Fort Sam Houston Texas in 2005 Jessica used it during both of her deployments to Iraq When not participating in route clearance missions Jessica who was trained in all aspects of emergency medicine often worked in Camp Liberty s Riva Ridge clinic teaching soldiers first aid techniques On loan from the Jessica A Ellis Family Women s Memorial Foundation Photo Bronze Star and Purple Heart Medals Promoted to corporal posthumously Jessica was awarded the Bronze Star and Purple Heart medals Her Bronze Star citation states it was given for meritorious service from 17 October 2007 to 11 May 2008 The citation also reads No greater honor can be demonstrated by her ultimate sacrifice and she will be forever remembered for her actions Corporal Ellis duty performance and selfless service are in keeping with the highest traditions of military service and reflect great credit upon herself the Multi National Corps Iraq and the

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    history by registering today Every woman s story is important It is individual experiences that make up America s collective history Make sure the story of women serving in America s defense is recorded and never forgotten Order a Presentation

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/Education/RAragon.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    the wall above COL Dawson s desk as he also commanded the 369th and his photo is a reminder of those who fought before her and the legacy of pride and commitment they left in her care When you talk about commitment and service this unit is right on top COL Dawson stresses Today we are very conscious that we are writing the next chapter of the 369th history and that the pursuit of excellence in service is as much a part of this generation of Harlem Hellfighters as it was of those who came before us Like the unit she commands COL Dawson finds herself already in the history books of the NY National Guard as its first female brigade commander Being the first woman to command at this level makes you appreciate the sacrifices and struggles of the military women before you even more she says COL Dawson adds that she recognizes that someone who is a first in something will have increased scrutiny People look more sharply at your performance a good thing in a way she says because it makes you work harder and better so that ultimately when people talk about you they don t talk as much about the first as they do about the exemplary job that you did The colonel has long pulled strength and determination from the African Americans and women who have broken through before me During her 30 year National Guard career she has seen a lot of those milestones When I first enlisted with my cousin as part of the buddy system in 1979 women officers were mostly serving in professional areas like nursing Today the number of opportunities for females as well as the number of officers is tremendous Many positions females hold are mission critical and the opportunity for women is vast she says Young women coming up today don t feel constrained as we did from time to time and as women before us certainly did most of the time Today s women can reasonably expect to achieve their highest aspirations More subtle changes are noted in day to day operations COL Dawson adds We were assigned to V Corps but when GEN Dunwoody the commander of what was then the Military Traffic Management Command visited her units in Iraq and Kuwait all we knew was that their boss the commander was coming She was never referred to that I heard of as a female commander it was just commander That says to me that today women are being recognized for their expertise not their gender That s a change from 1979 and a long way from 1949 COL Dawson has come a long way too since she joined the North Carolina National Guard in 1979 and became an officer in 1981 she admits This is her second time serving in the 369th She was its support operations officer and eventually its executive officer when the unit was activated to respond to the 9 11

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/DawsonHellfighters.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    CA On Oct 2 1944 just seven months after graduation Marie s roommate was scheduled to co pilot a B 25D bomber but was suffering from a toothache Marie who jumped at any opportunity to fly volunteered to take her place Tragically the plane crashed over the Mojave Desert killing Robinson as well as the two male crewmembers on the flight with her Following the Army s recovery of the wreckage and the crew s remains Marie s new husband accompanied her remains home to Michigan and her grief strickened family Until that time Marie s family was unaware that she had eloped marrying MAJ Hampton Robinson an Army surgeon she d met in Dallas She is not dead But only flying higher Higher than she s flown before Marie s brief service with the WASP was eulogized in the now well known poem Celestial Flight a piece written by her friend and fellow WASP Elizabeth MacKethan Magid For over 60 years the young WASP s story ended there with grief honor and a poem But in 2005 her brother Roy Michell received a phone call from a stranger in California who had recovered personal items from the plane s crash site The stranger David Schurhammer and two other amateur aviation archeologists had spent more than a year combing the desert in search of the wreckage unsure of what they would find While the Army had removed most of the plane more than six decades earlier the three miraculously located personal items still lying in the sand from all three crewmembers Marie s WASP insignia diamond ring nail file earrings and an identification bracelet given to her by her mother when she joined the WASP were among the items as well as metal pieces from her watch which had stopped

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/WASP_Robinson.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    daring and dedicated to our country Women have contributed to all of America s Wars since the Revolutionary War Roberts said as she wove together women s legacy of service The WASP she added are a significant part of the nation s military fabric Roberts own mother Ambassador Lindy Boggs was identified in the crowd as someone who helped America recognize the contributions of its servicewomen when as a Congresswoman in 1977 she led the final charge that gave WASP veterans US military veteran status more than 30 years after it was first promised The inspiration of the WASP story recognized by Boggs and Congress continues noted guest speaker Maj Nicole Malachowski a woman fighter pilot She was the first woman to fly with the USAF s famed Thunderbirds One of several quotes by famous aviators featured in the FlyGirls of World War II exhibit on display through November 2009 at the Women s Memorial Photo by Donna Parry Your legacy inspired my dream Maj Malachowski told the exhibit crowd of 150 She explained that a Smithsonian Museum picture of WASP she saw as a girl convinced her that women could fly military planes something not permitted when she was young I knew when I saw the picture that women could be pilots These women were doing it 50 years before the military allowed women into a fighter plane cockpit Your service to our nation during a time of war is the stuff legends are made of she added noting that the legendary service carries on both in the FlyGirls exhibit and in the skies above You had a dream and you followed that dream Maj Malachowski said Your legacy inspired my dream and taught me that when you have dedication commitment and desire to serve you can overcome tremendous obstacles and I know that your legacy rides in the cockpits with today s women pilots The history depicted through FlyGirls of World War II was itself inspired by WASP stories told by one veteran Deanie Parrish to her daughters Nancy and Barbie Together they created the Wings Across America nonprofit organization whose mission is to teach about the WASP The FlyGirls exhibit is part of that mission explained Nancy Parrish who introduced the exhibit and added that the Women s Memorial is the first stop on a nationwide tour WASP veterans including Elaine Harmon of MD standing in top photo and Millicent Young right photo shared bits of their personal stories with fellow WASP seated around her and the larger exhibit crowd Photos by Donna Parry The exhibit that Wings Across America created tells the story of women aviators who as WASP did the stateside service of male pilots relieving more men to fly combat missions overseas during World War II That work was hardly easy nor always safe however I towed targets and flew air to air gunnery missions under fire of live ammunition from gunners in training remembered WASP Lillian Yonally Allentown PA who joined her 26

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/WASPExhibitOpening.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    It was great Lorraine Rodgers WASP While her time in the WASP was always both thrilling and exhausting there were times it was dangerous as well In all 38 WASP died in service Rodgers was very nearly one of them while completing basic school in Waco TX After she d gone on a practice run with her instructor he told her to take the plane up and practice on her own I was half way out and suddenly my plane flipped upside down and went into a spin an inverted spin she recalled I m inverted upside down going down and I worked with it I did everything I had been taught and things I hadn t been taught I did anything I could think of to get that plane righted Her efforts were in vain Nothing the seasoned pilot tried seemed to have any effect on the plane Then I looked out and saw how close I was to the ground I knew I had to get out she said As I bailed out of the plane you re supposed to count to 10 before pulling the ripcord so I said one two ten and pulled the ripcord I was too close to that ground Rodgers somehow survived and after a few bandages she was called before a board of review She assumed the worst she would be kicked out of the WASP for crashing the plane After repeating her story many times for the board she was called to the flight line I thought uh oh This is where I get the word she recalled Instead Rodgers was met by her instructor who gave her a more shocking announcement Your rudder cables had been cut he told her solemnly They never told me who did it the sabotage But after all the BT trainer aircraft were checked for similar issues Rodgers was back in the air carrying with her from then on the ripcord from the parachute that had saved her LEARN MORE ABOUT THE WASP You can learn more about Women Airforce Service Pilots like Lorraine Rodgers by visiting the Fly Girls of World War II traveling exhibit on display at the Women s Memorial starting Nov 14 To find out more about the exhibit visit the FlyGirls Web page Hers was not the only incident of sabotage on WASP planes Though her case was never proven others were proven to have been committed by male pilots or crew resentful of women flying military aircraft Still such incidents were rare Much more frequently WASP encountered men who either couldn t believe women could be and actually were pilots or men who outright didn t want them to be pilots In training our instructors were great wonderful Rodgers stresses But outside of the WASP family is where women pilots often encountered a different attitude she recalled When we got to the outside they had never seen women pilots and we were treated as officers and they just couldn

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