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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    with a doctorate in hand she became Purdue University s first dean of women and an associate professor of psychology During her tenure the enrollment of women increased from 500 to more than 1 400 three women s residents halls were built and a liberal science program for women was inaugurated In the early 1940s when our nation was confronted with the reality of another world war she answered her country s call to serve A woman trustee at Purdue told her Dorothy you can t afford to do this and she replied I can t afford not to In 1942 she joined the WAVES and within months of receiving her commission she was summoned to Washington DC She was sworn in as the first director of the newly created Coast Guard Women s Reserve making her the first woman in Coast Guard history to serve as an officer At her urging the Coast Guard adopted a name for the members of the Women s Reserve SPARs from the service s Latin motto and its English translation Semper Paratus Always Ready During her four years as SPAR director she led a force of 10 000 enlisted women and 1 000 women officers At war s end the SPARs were demobilized and CAPT Stratton was awarded the Legion of Merit for her service Though her military career ended in 1946 CAPT Stratton s service to the nation and the community continued From 1946 50 she served as director of personnel for the International Monetary Fund and in 1950 she became the national executive director of the Girl Scouts of America a position she held until 1960 Another 27 years would pass before I would know CAPT Stratton and it was worth the wait In the mid 1980s during preparations for a SPAR reunion in New London CT I contacted her to coordinate the temporary loan of her SPAR uniform for display Any nervousness I felt before talking with this Coast Guard legend soon vanished when we began to chat like we were old friends We stayed in touch long after that SPAR reunion much to my surprise After all I was 65 years her junior and served four decades after she had left the Coast Guard but CAPT Stratton chose to invest her time to invest herself in a young Coast Guard seaman Humble and always interested in others CAPT Stratton spoke little of her own life She wanted to know about mine how I was doing how I balanced work and marriage and what the Coast Guard was like for young women of my era Our phone calls soon turned into letters that followed me through every promotion and PCS move A prolific letter writer CAPT Stratton spoke freely of her thoughts on life the military women and current events I will always remember her keen mind and her quick wit as well as her love of life and the service in which she served so briefly I met my

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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    process endured hardships long separations from family and friends and many have been placed in harms way Veterans Day is an opportunity to honor and thank these dedicated men and women who have served our great country in the armed forces as well as a chance for us to reflect on their many sacrifices MCC Marcy Reborchick USNR 1990 1992 1997 present Director Oral History Program Women s Memorial Foundation The celebration of Veterans Day finds its roots in one of the bloodiest most destructive and far reaching wars in world history World War I WWI Seven months before the signing of the Treaty of Versailles the official end to The Great War fighting ceased when an armistice between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on Nov 11 1918 The first celebration of Armistice Day was held one year to the day after the cease fire in Europe To commemorate that moment the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month churches held special services soldiers paraded and people across our nation observed two minutes of silence in remembrance of soldiers who d lost their lives Similar ceremonies were also held in England and France Veterans Day is a unique time to take a few minutes to reflect upon and recognize the untold sacrifices made by so many through the course of our country s history to make and keep our great nation what it is the land of the free I m so thankful for those men and women who have served are now serving and those who will continue to answer the call to service to protect and defend our freedoms I am humbled and so proud to be counted among their numbers Brig Gen Barbara Goodwin USAF NC Ret 1962 1991 Secretary Board of Directors Women s Memorial Foundation A vital element of the US commemoration was added in 1921 when the body of an unknown American soldier was moved from France and buried at Arlington National Cemetery The observance on that special day in Washington DC included the President laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier now called the Tomb of the Unknowns an act repeated each Veterans Day since The tomb overlooking the Potomac River originally honored all American soldiers who died fighting in WWI Guarded 24 hours a day by the men and women of the 3rd US Infantry the Army s honor guard two more Unknowns were buried in the Tomb of the Unknowns in 1958 One was killed in WWII and one in the Korean War In 1984 an unidentified service member from the Vietnam War was brought to Arlington to join the other Unknowns The Vietnam soldier was identified through DNA testing and removed in 1998 Veterans Day is my Thank You day I thank all of our men and women who served this great country especially my father Louis a WWI veteran my husband Walter a WWII veteran my son Mark a veteran

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/VetDay06.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    sheets and finding links to Federal and VA benefits the VA s My Health e Vet is an interactive tool you ll want to use over and over MHV is easy to use All you need is access to a computer and the Internet To get started simply log onto the VA s Web site at https www myhealth va gov and click on the link Continue on to My Health e Vet In just minutes you ll create a username and password and be on your way to better health MHV offers something for everyone veteran and VA beneficiary alike The site is broken down into easy to use sections For instance in the Track Health section you may record and track your health information in one convenient location You may document allergies and immunizations for reference record and monitor your blood pressure weight and more on the Vitals Readings page You may also monitor other health statistics like blood sugar cholesterol readings heart rate pain levels and much more Another great feature in Track Health is the Journals page For anyone trying to lose those extra holiday pounds or for those who like to track their own health

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/healthy07.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    received the Silver Star for their actions during an enemy ambush of their convoy on March 20 Other members of the unit were also decorated for their actions On a mission to search convoy routes for Improvised Explosive Devices IEDs and to provide additional security to sustainment convoys the 23 year old Hester and her team were shadowing a convoy of 30 semi tractor trailers when the insurgents attacked From within irrigation ditches in an orchard near the road 50 enemy fighters launched their complex attack on the convoy with heavy machine gun fire and Rocket Propelled Grenades as well as using parked cars along the route to prohibit movement of US troops Leading her team through the kill zone and into a flanking position Hester assaulted a trench line with grenades and M203 grenade launcher rounds Then she and squad leader SGT Timothy Nein cleared two trenches and Hester killed three insurgents according to an American Forces Information Service news article When the firefight ended only three US soldiers were injured while 27 Iraqis were dead six wounded and one captured Hester a Nashville resident who joined the National Guard in 2001 is one of only 14 women in

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/silverstar.html (2016-02-09)
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    such as Tokyo where USA PVT Muriel Scharrer Wimmer of Brooklyn NY worked as a medical technician Although the women could absent themselves from the rifle range if they chose no one did according to the book This 320 page volume records the actions of women who served in the US Armed Forces as well as those in the Red Cross the USO and other non governmental organizations that sent

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/KoreaBook.html (2016-02-09)
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  • Women In Military Service For America Memorial
    service members sent to Iraq in 2003 She was on duty as a rooftop guard at a Coalition Forces building when insurgents attacked with 106mm rockets She continued her defensive duties without hesitation as rounds landed within 100 150 meters of her position according to the Army News Service Of her actions in Iraq SGT Pashley says This was the job I chose to do and I do so with pride SGT Pashley is also the recipient of the Army Commendation Medal the Armed Forces Reserve Medal with Mobilization Appurtenance a National Defense Service Medal the Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal and the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal Also decorated were four soldiers who were wounded in combat and received the Purple Heart including Army SGT Michael Buyas Army SGT Manuel J Montano Army SGT Sean Stevens and Army National Guard SGT Timothy Gustafson Army leadership created the CAB to recognize all soldiers in combat and all soldiers who engaged in the War on Terrorism since Sept 18 2001 are retroactively eligible to receive the award Until the approval of this new badge only infantry special forces or medic soldiers were eligible for a special badge showing they

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/combatbadge.html (2016-02-09)
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    an opportunity to give something back to your Memorial and made private donations Some members arranged to have flags donated on behalf of veterans organizations One of you arranged to a make flag donation to honor a women veteran Still others worked with their local or state governments to arrange for donations Less than one month after publishing the list of states from which flags were still needed members and friends of the Memorial from across the nation completed our set of flags Everyone was so eager to participate in this project that we have received offers for additional flags from several states These alternate flags will be kept in reserve Our heartfelt thanks and appreciation goes out to all of our flag donors AK The University of Alaska at Anchorage ID 1 ANG CMSgt Cynthia Krapff 2 USAF MSgt Susan Broemeling HI USCG veteran Robbie Fee Thomson USCG veteran Corina Bruckner USCG GM1 Kilohana Akim Macie Boyd and USAF Col Gail Wojtowicz KY 1 Retired USA 1SG Pam Luce and the KY Department of Veterans Affairs 2 Donna L Sayer Snyder MI USMC veteran Mary Ann Merritt and the MI Women Marines Association MS Cherilyn Jones ND 1 Noreen Bartlett and the ND Department of Veterans Affairs 2 Veronica Vanden Bout 3 VFW Post 1874 and Ladies Auxiliary Grand Forks NH Retired USN LCDR Susan Berry and the Office of the Governor NM 1 Retired USAF NC BrigGen Carmelita Schimmenti 2 Retired USN HM1 Cecelia Fuller RI USN veteran Ginny Hanson and Ocean State Unit 118 of WAVES National SD Shirley Redmond and the SD Department of Veterans Affairs WY The Office of Senator Michael B Enzi Commissary Campaign Volunteers In early August the Foundation in partnership with C Lloyd Johnson Co Inc asked Memorial members for their support

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/members_friends.html (2016-02-09)
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    2006 season making her the first female demonstration pilot in the Thunderbirds 52 year history and the first on any US military high performance jet team Capt Malachowski will report for training at Luke AFB AZ beginning in November Encouraged by her parents to follow her dreams the now 31 year old Las Vegas native was a member of the Nevada Civil Air Patrol CAP while in high school A CAP scholarship funded her private pilot license before she entered the Air Force Academy in 1992 While at the academy she was a cadet glider instructor pilot for three years Capt Malachowski who s already logged more than 1 100 flight hours and 200 combat hours during her nine years on active duty flew fighter jets during Operation Iraqi Freedom Her most recent assignment was as Fighter Squadron flight commander and F 15E Strike Eagle instructor pilot at the 494th Fighter Squadron at Royal Air Force Lakenheath England United Kingdom During Thunderbird demonstrations six aircraft perform formation flying and solo routines Capt Malachowski will train to fly an F 16 Fighting Falcon in the No 3 right wing position of the diamond formation routine which highlights the training and precision

    Original URL path: http://www.womensmemorial.org/News/ladythunderbird.html (2016-02-09)
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