July 10, 2017
There is no denying that in today’s society, women in combat is an accepted reality. Thousands of women have also been decorated for valor and hundreds have fallen while in service. Before, the term ‘Band of Brothers” was used for the enlisted military men in the Armed Forces. Today, because of women’s great contributions in the Armed Forces, what was once a Bond of Brothers has become the Bond of Brothers and Sisters.So, to honor all the women who have served and are still in active service, here are 5 famous women veterans who have served with flying colors.
5 Famous Women Veterans
Before the late Bea Arthur became famous from her television shows “The Golden Girls” and “Maude”, she was first seen driving trucks in the Marine Corps. This brave woman was also one of the first members of the Women’s Reserve. In 1943 when Arthur was just 21 years old, she enlisted herself in the service under her original name Bernice Frankel. During her military career, Bea Arthur was assigned at the Marine Corps and Navy Air Stations in Virginia and North Carolina. From a reserve, she rose to the ranks of corporal and later on to sergeant and then staff sergeant. In September 1945, she was honorably discharged from the service and later on married Private Robert Arthur, also a former Marine. In 1947, she enrolled in The Dramatic Workshop of the New York School in New York, and she then changed her name to Bea Arthur. Arthur also had a very successful career in Broadway and she even won a Tony. Beas Arthur’s biggest break was when she made a splash in the classic TV series “All in the Family” as “Cousin Maude”. Her fame and celebrity status was cemented when she was cast as one of the main characters in 1970’s hit and long running TV series “The Golden Girls”.
Ann E. Dunwoody was the first woman to serve as a four star general in the Army and the U.S. armed forces. In 1974, Gen. Dunwoody joined the Army and in 1975, she was assigned in the Women’s Army Corps as a second lieutenant. She was then given the duty to be the supply platoon leader for the 226th Maintenance Company, 100thSupply and Services Battalion, Fort Sill, Oklahoma. But the biggest impact that Gen. Ann E. Dunwoody made during her service was when she commanded one of the Army’s largest commands, the Army Material Command, or AMC. The AMC has more than 69,000 employees not only in the United States but also around the world.
Commodore Grace Murray Hopper or also known as “Amazing Grace” among her peers in the navy entered the service in 1943. During the Second World War, she joined the United States Naval Reserves. There, she was assigned to the Bureau of Ordinance Computation Project as one of the programmers of the world’s first large scale computer. The Mark I. From there, she also mastered the Mark II and III and the more advanced UNIVAC I. Commodore Hopper also founded the COBOL programming language, the Godfather of all software code approaches that are still being used today. To honor Commodore Hopper’s contributions and importance in the U.S. naval history, the U.S. Destroyer USS Hopper, DD-70 was named after her. A computer was also named after her. The Cray XE6 “Hopper” Super Computer.
In 1979, Colonel Collins joined the Air Force and served as a flight instructor until 1982. Then, from 1983-1985, she served as the C-141 Starlifter aircraft commander while also doubling as instructor pilot. From 1986-1989, she taught mathematics as an assistant professor and was also the T-41 instructor pilot at the Air Force Academy. When she graduated from the Air Force Pilot School in 1990, NASA selected her for their astronaut program. Collins became a full pledge astronaut in July 1991. She also became the first woman ever to pilot a space shuttle. She became the first woman shuttle commander in 1999. Over her career, Col. Collins logged over more than 5 thousand hour piloting different types of aircrafts. She has also spent more than 500 hours in space. In 2006, Col. Collins retired from service.
Harriet Tubman is one of the best celebrated heroines in the history of America. In 1850, she helped many slaves to freedom through the Underground Railroad. During the civil war, Tubman was vital in the setting up of an espionage ring for the Union. She even led a military expedition becoming the first woman in the history of America to do so. Harriet Tubman is most remembered in her role in the plan to raid and free slaves from plantations along the Combahee River in South Carolina. During these planned raids, Tubman and her group freed 750 slaves and did not lose one soldier in the process. The slaves that they saved were a mixture of men, women, children, and even babies. While Tubman was considered a hero and great leader, she was only paid 200 dollars in her three years of service. She was also denied pension for all the work that she has done.
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