29 Mar
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Susan Ahn Cuddy, Lieutenant, U.S. Navy

Susan Ahn Cuddy was born in 1915 to Dosan Ahn Changho and Helen Lee, the first Korean married couple to immigrate to the United States. Her parents fought to liberate Korea from Japanese colonization. Unfortunately Susan’s father died fighting for the movement. Three years after his death Japan attacked Pearl Harbor and the United States […]

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28 Mar
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Carmen Cole, Chief Warrant Officer 3, U.S. Marine Corps

Carmen Cole enlisted in the Marine Corps in November of 1980 and became a motor transport maintenance mechanic at 2d Maintenance Battalion, Camp Lejeune. During her first assignment, she earned three promotions- Lance Corporal, Corporal and Sergeant.   She then went on to Parris Island, SC as a Drill Instructor, later becoming Senior Drill Instructor.  Then, in 1986, she reported to […]

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27 Mar
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A Woman Warrior’s Story: Amanda, US Navy Veteran

After completing her service in the U.S. Navy, Amanda was beyond excited about beginning her next mission. She’d always wanted a career as a licensed vocational nurse. As a veteran, Amanda was rebuilding her life from the ground up. Unlike civilian women, women veterans navigate additional challenges, such as building support networks from scratch, to […]

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27 Mar
  • By Diana
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A Woman Warrior’s Story: Amanda, US Navy Veteran

After completing her service in the U.S. Navy, Amanda was beyond excited about beginning her next mission. She’d always wanted a career as a licensed vocational nurse. As a veteran, Amanda was rebuilding her life from the ground up. Unlike civilian women, women veterans navigate additional challenges, such as building support networks from scratch, to […]

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27 Mar
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Katherine Amelia Towle, Colonel, U.S. Marine Corps

Katherine Amelia Towle was born in California on April 30, 1898 in Towle, California named after her ancestors who settled there in the 1850s. Katherine pursued much of her higher education at UC Berkeley where she earned her B.A. and M.A. in political science. After receiving her degrees, Katherine worked and obtain a leave of […]

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26 Mar
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Ronaqua Russell, Lieutenant, U.S. Coast Guard

Lt. Ronaqua Russell is a native of St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and a 2012 Coast Guard Academy graduate. She’s also a member of the “Fab 5,” a group representing the only five African American female pilots in all of Coast Guard History– and she continued to make history by being awarded the Air Medal in 2019.   During hurricane Harvey, Lt. Russell’s HC-144 Ocean Sentry aircraft was the first in the air following the Category 4 storm, hitting tropical storm force winds, zero […]

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25 Mar
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Dr. Mary Edwards Walker, U.S. Army

Mary Edwards Walker was born in 1832. She grew up in a progressive home that encouraged independent thinking and pursuit of education. From a young age Mary showed interest in the medical field. She worked as a teacher and earned enough money to pay for her education at Syracuse Medical College. In 1855, she was […]

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24 Mar
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Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee, U.S. Navy

Lenah Higbee was a Canada native, born in 1874. She came to America in 1899 to complete her formal nurse training at the New York Postgraduate Hospital. That same year, she married her husband, John Henley Higbee– a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant Colonel. Lenah worked in private practice healthcare until her husband had passed away in 1908. She then decided to further her career by attending a post graduate course at Fordham Hospital, New York City.    […]

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23 Mar
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Hazel Johnson-Brown, General, U.S. Army

Hazel Johnson-Brown had known since childhood that she wanted to be a nurse. She applied to her hometown college- the West Chester School of Nursing in Pennsylvania, but was rejected because she was black. Therefore, she went to New York City in 1947 and enrolled in the Harlem Hospital School of Nursing.  Upon graduating, she began working at the Philadelphia Veteran’s Hospital in 1953 but soon joined the U.S. Army in 1955, shortly after President Truman had banned […]

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21 Mar
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Linda Bray, Captain, U.S. Army

After graduating from the Army ROTC program at Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, North Carolina, Linda Bray was commissioned into the Army in June of 1983.  Her first assignment was with the 556th Military Police Company in West Germany from 1983 to 1987. She then attended the Military Police Officer Advanced Course and Provost Marshal training at Fort McClellan before […]

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