Virginia Eberharter

. . Virginia Eberharter Long before World War II caught the attention of the United States, Virginia M. Eberharter of Connellsville, PA wanted to be a nurse; she wanted to be of service to people in need.  It was such a determined decision for a young high school freshman, but

Barbara Duffy

. . Barbara Duffy Barbara Duffy served as a lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II.  She had hardly ever ventured more than 50 miles from her home in Beverly, Mass., but in 1943, she shipped around the world to the Pacific to tend to the wounded

Ruth D’Hert

. . Ruth D'Hert During WWII, Ruth D’Hert chose the Navy WAVES (“Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service”) because the uniforms were navy blue.  “Being a Mormon, I was looking at the uniforms, for one thing.  I decided on the WAVES because their uniforms were more conservative.  They were navy

Ila Cole

. . Ila Cole Coming from a large family (nine siblings) and having four brothers in military service, it seemed like a normal decision for Ila to want to join the WAVES at the age of twenty.  She grew up in a small town in Iowa and had a nice

Rosetta Burke

. . Rosetta Burke After 220 years, the New York Army National Guard promoted its first female general—Pittsburgh native Rosetta Y. Burke.  But Rosetta didn’t start her military career in 1962 as a soldier.  After training at the Harlem School of Nursing (in New York City), she entered the Army

Karen Bogdan

. . Karen Bogdan Karen Bogdan of Tarentum, Pennsylvania joined the Pennsylvania Air National Guard more than 25 years ago to help pay for college. Around the time of the first Gulf War, she amusingly recalls, it was the only branch of service her mother approved of, mostly because of

Eleanor Berge

. . Eleanor Berge missing image Eleanor Berge served with the US Navy during WWII. missing video missing