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Mon Jun 15, 2020, 11:39 AM

"Remember the Ladies."

Abigail Adams said this to her husband. Once again, we are forgetting the ladies.

There is a major push to rename military bases, because so many of them are named after Confederates. Why not name some of them after females who have figured in our military history?

Ruby Bradley was one of the most decorated women in U.S. military history. She was an army nurse. When she was captured, she gave most of her rations to the children, and was liberated weighing about eighty-three pounds.

We have other examples in other branches of the service. The WASPS are the most romantic. Jackie Cochran suggested the idea of using women as pilots in non-combat roles during World War II. We have the WAVES as well.

Has anyone heard of Virginia Hall, socialite turned spy?

Women are becoming more common as war leaders and heroes. I am not suggesting that we name a base after my Senator, Tammy Duckworth, but she is one helluva woman.

Remember the ladies.

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lapucelle Jun 2020 #1
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TreasonousBastard Jun 2020 #3
Pacifist Patriot Jun 2020 #5
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murielm99 Jun 2020 #6
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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 11:42 AM

1. Mary Hays aka Molly Pitcher. N/T

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Response to lapucelle (Reply #1)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 11:44 AM

2. Good idea.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 11:55 AM

3. Hedy Lamarr, of course. Brilliant mathematician, codebreaker, and inventor...

And Audrey Hepburn, while a poor little Dutch girl worked with the resistance fighting Nazis before she went to England, and and ultimately coming here.

Bases do not need to be named after generals.

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Response to TreasonousBastard (Reply #3)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 12:05 PM

5. No they don't. See some of my suggestions below.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 12:04 PM

4. I have some ideas on that.

Col. Ruby Bradley is a definite!

Dr. Mary Walker
Only female Medal of Honor recipient
https://www.army.mil/article/183800/meet_dr_mary_walker_the_only_female_medal_of_honor_recipient

Specialist Lori Piestewa
A member of the Hopi tribe, Piestewa was the first Native American woman in history to die in combat while serving in the U.S. military and the first woman in the U.S. military killed in the Iraq War.

Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays
On June 11, 1970, Colonel Anna Mae Hays, Chief, Army Nurse Corps was promoted to the grade of brigadier general. She became the first woman in the history of the U.S. Army to attain general officer rank.

Rear Admiral Alene B. Duerk
First female admiral in the navy.

Private Cathay Williams
Williams was the first black woman to enlist in the U.S. Army and the only known female Buffalo Soldier.

Col. Mary Hallaren
A member of the first training class of the Women’s Auxiliary Army Corps (later, Women’s Army Corps, or WAC) in 1942 before commanding the largest all-female unit to serve overseas. In 1948, while serving as WAC’s director, Hallaren “was instrumental” in advocating for women to be fully integrated as “permanent regular members” of the military beyond just wartime.

Lt. Col Marcella Hayes
Became the first black female pilot in the U.S. military in 1979.

In other words, there is absolutely no shortage of distinguished women who have served in our armed forces. This list barely scratches the surface. And it's way overdue!

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Response to Pacifist Patriot (Reply #4)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 12:07 PM

6. I knew someone here would come up with great suggestions.



You know more about the military than I do.

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Response to murielm99 (Reply #6)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 12:11 PM

7. Army brat.

Emphasis on the brat part.

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Response to murielm99 (Original post)

Mon Jun 15, 2020, 05:27 PM

8. Muriel and Pacifist &-Thank you for these...

More important good American History to learn!

While she wasn't in the Military my mom did some amazing work during WW2!

She became head draftsman at Hughes Aircraft!
Consisting of a lot people she was the one who everyone brought their egineering plans to to Sign Off on!
Later when she returned to NYC still during the war she worked at another company and also became head draftsman!
She also did drafting herself.

Also volunteered at the Lower Manhattan hospital tents for injured returning vets.

I've been casually looking off & on on line for years for any info but no luck. When they get an effective covid19 vaccine, I'm going have to try some other deeper dive.

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