Women In Military Service For America Memorial

Women In Military Service For America Memorial The Women In Military Service For America Memorial and Education Center is the only major national memorial honoring and remembering the service of our military women and educating the public to empower the future generations.
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Established in 1985, the Women’s Memorial Foundation is the 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to build and now sustain and operate the Memorial and Education Center. The Foundation offices are located at 200 N Glebe Rd, Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22203. The Foundation is a member of the Combined Federal Campaign.

Established in 1985, the Women’s Memorial Foundation is the 501(c)3 non-profit organization created to build and now sustain and operate the Memorial and Education Center. The Foundation offices are located at 200 N Glebe Rd, Suite 400, Arlington, VA 22203. The Foundation is a member of the Combined Federal Campaign.

Mission: Our mission is to tell the story of women’s service, collectively and individually. Collectively, through our exhibits, programs and activities, informational materials, audio-visual productions and world-class archive. Individually, through the Register, the computerized interactive database of the nation's servicewomen, past and present.

Charter Member Wendy Lawrence was part of the Naval Academy’s second class open to women. Following in her father’s and ...
08/12/2020

Charter Member Wendy Lawrence was part of the Naval Academy’s second class open to women. Following in her father’s and grandfather’s footsteps, she became a Naval aviator, flying helicopters, but set her sights on the stars. In 1995, aboard the STS-67 Endeavor, she was the first female graduate of the Naval Academy to fly into space. Retiring as a Navy captain, she would make that journey an additional three times.

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08/11/2020
WIMSA Interview with Beverly Kelley

Today we highlight the impressive contributions of Women's Memorial Member Beverly Kelly, the first woman to command a coast guard cutter. Join us in celebrating her story and all she has achieved by watching our exclusive interview with her!

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An in depth interview with Beverly Kelley, the first woman to command a Coast Guard cutter. In this exclusive interview she discusses her background, her Coa...

08/10/2020
40th Anniversary of Women at the Naval Academy

This August we’re continuing our theme highlighting #servicewomen who have attended the nation’s service academies, today we feature the United States #NavalAcademy!

The Naval School opened in October 1845 in Annapolis, Maryland, and became known as the US Naval Academy 5 years later 1850. The Naval Academy class of 1980 was the first class to include women, with 55 female midshipmen graduating on May 28th, 1980. For more information on the historic journey of these women, we encourage you to watch the #USNA video below, commemorating 40 years of women at the academy.

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Our exclusive interviews with alumnae from across the decades of their stories from the Yard. This year we celebrate the first class of women to arrive at th...

Today is #NationalPurpleHeartDay, the day set aside to acknowledge the creation of the Purple Heart Medal in 1782 by Gen...
08/07/2020

Today is #NationalPurpleHeartDay, the day set aside to acknowledge the creation of the Purple Heart Medal in 1782 by General George Washington and to commemorate the nation’s men and women who have been killed or wounded due to enemy action. Two such heroes and members of this exclusive circle of combat veterans are Women’s Memorial members retired Navy Nurse Corps Captain Ann Darby Reynolds and Army retired Specialist Danielle Green-Byrd. Their stories are preserved for all time in the Women’s Memorial Register and Oral History Collection.

LTJG Ann Darby Reynolds was pressing her face against the Brink Hotel’s second floor French doors to cool herself when a massive explosion knocked her to the floor. It was Christmas Eve 1964 in Saigon and she was on call. Despite a concussion, facial and leg lacerations, Reynolds grabbed her hospital shoes and made her way through the fire and rubble to the Navy Station Hospital where she began treating others despite her own injuries. Forty years later, in May 2004, another young woman, a former Notre Dame basketball star, was on duty in a far-away war. SPC Danielle Green, with the 571st Military Police Company, was struck by a rocket-propelled grenade while providing security at a Baghdad police station. Besides injuries to her leg and face, the blast entirely severed her left forearm. We salute these two combat wounded women #veterans and the hundreds more who wear the Purple Heart. If you know of a woman who has been awarded the Purple Heart, make sure her story of service and sacrifice is registered and preserved for all time at the Women’s Memorial. Go to www.womensmemorial.org/register-now.

08/06/2020

While many of us are adjusting to life at home, we may find extra time on our hands - the time we’ve been looking for to finally register our service with the Women’s Memorial. The Women’s Memorial staff is eager to have your story of service among the some 270,000 registered today - literally legions of women who have taken their rightful and visible place in history for all time. Beginning in 1986, eleven years before the Memorial doors were even open, we’ve endeavored on behalf of our fellow servicewomen to create a place that proudly demonstrates “America’s military women are not invisible.” Everyday, even in the midst of a pandemic, thanks to social media, we’ve continued to broadcast servicewomen’s stories - stories from the past and the present. So, there is no better time than now to take your rightful and visible place in history by registering your service at the Women’s Memorial - the only major #NationalMemorial honoring all 3 million of America’s military women. Join the thousands of military women who’ve proclaimed they are not invisible. It’s easy to register yourself and other servicewoman, living or deceased, at www.womensmemorial.org/register-now.

Incredible video of servicewoman Dana Brown from the West Point Center for Oral History. #OralHistory #DesertShield / #D...
08/05/2020

Incredible video of servicewoman Dana Brown from the West Point Center for Oral History. #OralHistory #DesertShield / #DesertStorm.

Quarantine Video of the Day!

Dana Brown, a parachute rigger in the 101st Airborne Division, deployed to Saudi Arabia for #DesertShield / #DesertStorm.

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#OnThisday we celebrate #CoastGuardDay and begin our August series highlighting servicewomen in the Coast Guard! Today w...
08/04/2020

#OnThisday we celebrate #CoastGuardDay and begin our August series highlighting servicewomen in the Coast Guard! Today we remember “The Bravest Woman in America,” Ida Lewis. In 1869, Ida Lewis and her considerable bravery earned her national attention after she rescued two soldiers during a snowstorm in Newport Harbor, RI. Following the passing of her father, Ida took over his lighthouse keeping duties and is credited with 18 rescues during her 58 years of service at the Lime Rock Beacon. The U.S. Lighthouse Service was established in 1716 and consolidated with the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) in 1939. Since her death in 1911, Lime Rock was officially renamed Ida Lewis Rock, and the beacon she served at has been renamed the Ida Lewis Lighthouse. For her contributions, the USCG named the first of a class of buoy tenders, the 175-foot Keeper Class, the USCGC Ida Lewis. And, she is the first woman to have a road named after her at Arlington National Cemetery, Lewis Drive. No other lightkeeper in history has ever been honored in such a way! #CoastGuard

08/03/2020

As young college students around the nation return to school to pursue their education at the nation’s service academies, this month we at the Women’s Memorial are especially pleased to highlight the servicewomen who paved the way!

On October 7th, 1975, President Gerald Ford signed Public Law 94-106, opening the nation’s service academies to women. For the 1976 school year, more than 300 enrolled at the US Military Academy, US Naval Academy, US Air Force Academy and the US Coast Guard Academy. On July 7, 1976, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point(#USMA) welcomed 1,452 new cadets on Reception Day, including 119 women, the first in the academy's history. Four years later, 62 women would graduate as members of the #Classof1980, becoming the first female members of the Long Gray Line. Even though women were still excluded from combat and from serving aboard vessels or aircraft engaged in combat missions, academy curricula prepared them for these roles in the nation’s defense. The Class of 2020 is the 40th graduating class to include women. Since 1980, more than 5,000 women have graduated, and gone on to become senior military and corporate leaders. #2020Strong 📸US Army

Sixty-eight years after Charter Member Sarah Keys Evans was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus, her co...
07/31/2020
Years Before Rosa Parks, Sarah Keys Refused to Give Up Her Seat on a Bus. Now She’s Being Honored in the City Where She Was Arrested

Sixty-eight years after Charter Member Sarah Keys Evans was arrested for refusing to move to the back of the bus, her courageous stand has finally been visibly recognized and commemorated by way of a public art project in Roanoke Rapids, NC. Sarah Keys, a young African American Women’s Army Corps (#WAC) private was traveling by bus in uniform on Aug. 2, 1952, from Ft. Dix, NJ, to Washington, NC. At Roanoke Rapids, NC, she was ordered to give up her seat for a white Marine and move to the back of the bus. She refused and in the end was arrested. Filing suit against the bus company, Sarah and her ACLU lawyer, former WWII WAC captain Dovey Roundtree, took the case to the Interstate Commerce Commission (ICC). Finally, on Nov. 7, 1955, just days before Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus, the ICC, in a historic and landmark decision, stuck down the “separate but equal” practice of racial segregation in interstate travel on buses. Sarah Keys and Dovey Roundtree had made history!!!

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Today we honor former Korean War-era Navy Airman Maryann Amoscato Leo, a Women’s Memorial Charter Member. Maryann, a Nav...
07/30/2020

Today we honor former Korean War-era Navy Airman Maryann Amoscato Leo, a Women’s Memorial Charter Member. Maryann, a Naval Reservist from 1949-1953, was the first and only woman member of the Lighter-Than-Air (LTA) Reserve units stationed at Lakehurst, NJ (the site of the 1937 LZ 129 “Hindenburg” disaster.) Maryann was the only woman to fly as a member of the airship crew. Assigned to LTA Squadron ZP753, her unit patrolled the Atlantic coastline. When not flying, Maryann operated the Link Trainers, the simulated aircraft cockpit, teaching male pilots to fly the LTA as well as heavier-than-air aircraft like helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft. Not including Navy Nurses, some 9,000 women served in the Navy during the Korean War era. They were assigned stateside, Alaska, Hawaii, Europe and the Philippines.

Today we honor Revolutionary War hero Margaret Cochran Corbin, also known as Captain Molly, for her contributions to the...
07/29/2020

Today we honor Revolutionary War hero Margaret Cochran Corbin, also known as Captain Molly, for her contributions to the war effort and her historic impact as the first known woman to receive a military pension.
In 1775, Margaret’s husband, John Corbin, joined the Pennsylvania military. Margaret joined her husband as a camp follower, earning money cooking, cleaning, and tending to sick and wounded soldiers. On November 16, 1776, Margaret joined her husband to fight the British at the Battle of Fort Washington, helping to load his cannon, which she later took over when he was killed. Eventually, she, too, was hit by enemy fire and severely wounded.
Following the battle, Margaret joined the Invalid Regiment at West Point, aiding the wounded until 1783. Then, on July 6, 1779, the Continental Congress, in recognition of her brave service, awarded her a lifelong pension equivalent to half that of male combatants. Congress also gave her a suit of clothes to replace the ones ruined during the conflict. Long after her passing, in 1926, Margaret’s remains were reinterred at West Point with full military honors. It was discovered in 2016, however, that the remains were actually those of a colonial-era man. Margaret’s true remains have yet to be found but a special ceremony hosted by the Daughters of the American Revolution to rededicate the valor of Margaret Corbin was held at the West Point Cemetery on May 1, 2018. Today, Margaret Corbin is remembered for her bravery and legacy as one of the first women to serve in combat in the defense of our nation.

Laurie A. Kennedy of the Coast Guard made history last week with her promotion to Master Chief, making her the first-eve...
07/28/2020

Laurie A. Kennedy of the Coast Guard made history last week with her promotion to Master Chief, making her the first-ever female Master Chief Gunner’s Mate! Only 1% of those in the U.S. Coast Guard earn the honor of Master Chief.

#OnThisDay July 27th, we commemorate National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. Often called the ‘Forgotten War’, the K...
07/27/2020

#OnThisDay July 27th, we commemorate National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day. Often called the ‘Forgotten War’, the Korean War claimed the lives of more than 36,000 Americans. Lasting three long years, the fighting began June 25, 1950, when North Korean forces, backed by the Soviet Union and China, invaded South Korea. US forces arrived shortly thereafter and by war’s end, 21 United Nations countries had contributed forces - of whom 90 percent were US military. On July 27, 1953, North Korea, China, and the United Nations signed an armistice suspending all hostilities.

Today we honor the some 48,700 women who served stateside and in Europe and the Far East during the Korean War-era. Army and Air Force women were assigned to bases in Japan, Okinawa, Iwo Jima and the Philippines. WACs worked in hospitals as medical and laboratory technicians and in military offices as typists and supply clerks. Air Force women were assigned as air traffic control specialists and communication specialists at Haneda Air Base in Japan, the air base nearest to Korea and to headquarters in Tokyo. Pictured below (left) Charter Member USAF A1C Doris Brown adjusts a radio receiver at Haneda Air Base and WACS at Camp Sendai Communications Center, Japan.

#OnThisDay At 12:51 EDT, Apollo 11, the U.S. spacecraft that had taken the first astronauts to the surface of the moon, ...
07/24/2020

#OnThisDay At 12:51 EDT, Apollo 11, the U.S. spacecraft that had taken the first astronauts to the surface of the moon, safely returned to Earth. Since, we’ve come to know of the critical roles women played in that effort and of the growing legacy of military women in space. Today we honor that legacy through the trailblazing contributions of retired USAF Colonel Eileen Collins. A Women’s Memorial Charter Member, in 1991 Col. Collins became the first woman selected by NASA as a spacecraft pilot. She was the first woman to pilot a shuttle in 1995; and later, in 1999, the first woman to command a space shuttle mission. Her Women’s Memorial Charter Member pin accompanied her on that mission and is part of the Women’s Memorial world-class artifact collection.

Today we celebrate servicewoman and Women’s Memorial Member, Jody Daniels for her groundbreaking achievements! On July 2...
07/23/2020

Today we celebrate servicewoman and Women’s Memorial Member, Jody Daniels for her groundbreaking achievements! On July 28, Major General Jody Daniels will be promoted to lieutenant general and assume command of the Army Reserve, the first woman to do so in the organization’s 112-year history. Daniels has served as commanding general for the Army's 88th Readiness Division since 2018. There, she oversaw services and base operations support for nearly 55,000 Soldiers and 2,500 Civilians. Before that, she was chief of staff of U.S. Forces Command and has served in the Army and the Army Reserve for more than 35 years. "Jody is smart, experienced, approachable and is a gifted leader. Really happy to see her break another glass ceiling as the Chief of the Army Reserve. She'll be fantastic," noted retired Army Major General Mark Quantock, a longtime friend and colleague of Daniels.

Today we honor Esther DeBerdt Reed and her contributions to the #RevolutionaryWar. Esther, originally from England, marr...
07/22/2020

Today we honor Esther DeBerdt Reed and her contributions to the #RevolutionaryWar. Esther, originally from England, married an American and moved to Philadelphia. A sympathizer of the American Revolutionary efforts, she worked to support the American cause. Establishing the Ladies Association of Philadelphia (LAP), Esther and her group raised the enormous sum of $300,000 for the troops by going door to door soliciting donations. George Washington allocated the money to clothing for the troops, while the LAP assisted in buying linen and sewing more than 2,000 shirts for soldiers. The success of the LAP served as an impetus and model for the establishment of other such women’s groups in the colonies. For her efforts in support of the American cause, Esther was recognized as a Daughter of Liberty. She is a “We Also Served” member of the Women’s Memorial.

Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle recently completed the Navy’s Tactical Air (Strike) training program in the T-45C Goshawk, the ...
07/21/2020
After 110 Years of Aviation, Navy Gets Its First Black Female Fighter Pilot

Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle recently completed the Navy’s Tactical Air (Strike) training program in the T-45C Goshawk, the Navy announced July 10. Swegle is the first known Black woman who has been certified for the TACAIR mission, and she could go on to fly fighters such as the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet, EA-18G Growler or F-35C Joint Strike Fighter. According to the Navy, Swegle, of Burke, VA, is assigned to the Redhawks of Training Squadron (VT) 21 at Naval Air Station Kingsville, TX. NAS Kingsville trains 50 percent of the Navy and Marine Corps tactical jet pilots.

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Lt. j.g. Madeline Swegle recently completed the service's Tactical Air (Strike) training program in the T-45C Goshawk.

Today we honor former Marine Sergeant, #KoreanWar era veteran and Women’s Memorial member Daisy Losack. Daisy came from ...
07/20/2020

Today we honor former Marine Sergeant, #KoreanWar era veteran and Women’s Memorial member Daisy Losack. Daisy came from a family of soldiers, including her father and four brothers, and was encouraged to join after seeing a Woman Marine on a recruiting poster. Daisy served as an Administrative Specialist at Camp Pendleton, CA, from 1951-52. "I am so proud to have been able to serve my country in this capacity and I am still trying daily to make the Marine Corps proud of me." She is pictured attending an event at the Women In Military Service For America Memorial. Some 2,787 Women Marines served during the Korean War era. Primarily assigned stateside and Hawaii, a few served in Europe.

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The Military Women’s Memorial, located at the Ceremonial Entrance to Arlington National Cemetery, is a Memorial and Education Center. It is a living memorial, and dedicated to honoring, empowering, and remembering the women who choose to serve.

Dedicated on Oct. 18, 1997, the Memorial houses an exhibit gallery chronicling the history of women’s service, a 196-seat theater, Hall of Honor, conference room, gift shop and an outdoor terrace and Court of Valor. The heart of the Memorial is the Register, an interactive database that includes the name, picture, service history and awards and decorations of nearly 245,000 past and present servicewomen, who have taken their rightful place in history for generations to come by registering their service with the Memorial.

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Honoring fallen USAF Capt Amy Svoboda (1968-1997): the first female fighter pilot to be killed in service while her A-10 Thunderbolt II Crashed in fatal fiery explosion on night flight training on 27 May 1997, At the time of her loss, she was a training officer in her squadron, having logged more than 1,400 hours piloting jets.
I am sorry to inform you that Jean Bloom passed away on April 22, 2020. She served at the Armed Guard Center in Brooklyn New York in WWII. Her bio is registered in the Women's Memorial. I salute my dear wife at this time. To all Veterans THANKS! ⚓️
I haven’t been able to visit the memorial but I am registered there. I loved the videos about the memorial recently aired on C Span. Great history was shared about all branches but I was wondering if there could be some information about the Cold War era. Those of us who served during the Cold War era really brought forth the realization that women belonged everywhere.
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