Dorothy Tyler

. . By her own admission, Dorothy Tyler of Aliquippa, Pennsylvania has lived a very active life. At 90, she lives up to her words–and deeds–as a respected elder and vibrant leader of her family, community, and church. During WW II, Mrs. Tyler served as another kind of leader, although she

Florence “Shutsy” Reynolds

. . She’s a living legend and an American hero, although she’s too humble to ever admit it.  Whatever credit “Shutsy” Reynolds takes for her service during WW II, she insists on sharing it with others—namely, her  fellow WASP comrades. A recent documentary about the Women Airforce Service Pilots explains the

Kathleen Short

. . A native of Devon, England, Kathleen Short couldn’t wait to join the British forces during WWII. As a member of the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF), Kathleen was originally assigned to work on a Barrage Balloon with a group of women, but, to her delight, she and the other

Julia Parsons

. . Julia Parsons volunteered for the Navy WAVES—“Women Accepted for Volunteer Emergency Service”—in 1942 after graduating from Carnegie Tech.  She studied cryptology at Naval Reserve Midshipmen’s School at Smith College, and then she was ordered to Washington, D.C. for top secret duty. She joined section SHARK, whose job it was

Beverly Kreger

. . Beverly Kreger (Sept. 25, 1921 - Feb. 1, 2019) shared her experience with us of being an Army WAC (Women’s Army Corps). She worked as a telephone operator with the postal service unit during World War II, making the rank of technical sergeant. She started out in Fort Custer,

MaryAnn Kylander Sholtis

. . Photo: Dorothy Edwards/Naples Daily News U.S. Army Nurse Cadet Corps veteran MaryAnn Kylander Sholtis passed away June 8, 2019 at age 96. MaryAnn served during WWII, and though she never went overseas, her service was crucial to the war effort. In 2014, she shared her stories at a World

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

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