Military Women in History

Currently there are 1,824,198 Women Veterans. From that total 17,844 are from Kansas. They currently make up about 20 percent of the military.

Women Medal Recipients - Military and Civilian (as noted by Captain Barbara A. Wilson, USAF (Ret.)

Medal of Honor:

Dr. Mary Walker, a surgeon in the Civil War.

Distinguished Service Cross:

Jane Jeffery, a nurse with the American Red Cross, Beatrice M MacDonald, Wounded in Belgium, Helen Grace McClelland, on duty with the surgical team, Eva Jean Parmelee and Reconstruction Aide Emma S. Sloan.

The Navy Cross:

Lenah S. Higbee, Superintendent, Navy Nurse Corps, Marie Louise Hidell, Lillian M. Murphy and Edna S. Pierce

The Distinguished Service Medal:

Lillian Aubert, Asst. Superintendant of Army Nurse Corps; Celia Brennan, Chief Nurse; Katharine Brown, Chief Nurse; 1st Lt. Sophy Mary Burns; 1st Lt. Reba G. Cameron; Edna M. Coughlin; Jane A. Delano; Alice H Flash; Annie W. Goodrich; 1st Lt. Carrie L. Howard; 1st Lt. Grace E. Leonard; Betrice Mary MacDonald; Helen Grace McClelland; Capt. Sayres Louise Milliken; 1st Lt. Jane G. Malloy; Edith A. Mury (Mrs. Kershaw); Adele S. Posten; Maria B. Rhodes (Mrs. Cash); Capt. Blance S. Rulon; 1st Lt. Lillian J. Ryan; 1st Lt. Mary E. Sheehan; 1st Lt. Neena Shelton; 2nd Lt. Catherine Glynn Sinnott; Ethel E. Sweet (Mrs. Falconer) Superintendent Dora E. Thompson and Lynette L Vandervort.

The Silver Star:

Mary Roberts Wilson, WW II, 1st Lt. Mary Roberts, WW II, 2nd Lt. Elaine Roe, WW II, 2nd Lt. Rita Virginia Bourke, WWII, 2nd Lt. Ellen Ainsworth, WWII, Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Spec. Monica Brown, Afghanistan.

The Distinguished Flying Cross:

Amelia Earhart-Civilian, 1st Lt. Aleda E. Lutz, 1st Lt. Roberta Schilbach Ross, Jacqueline Cochran, AF pilot; Chief Warrant Officer 3, Lori Hill

The Soldiers Medal:

Staff Sergeant Joan J. Hahnenberg, US Army, Sergeant 1st class Jeanne M. Balcombe and SP5 Karen L. Offutt, WAC

The Bronze Star:

1st Lt. Cordelia E. Cook, Army nurse and 1st Lt. Annie G. Fox.

The Purple Heart:

1st Lt. Annie G. Fox, 1st Lt. Cordelia E. Cook, Army Nurse, Rita Palmer, Rsoemary Hogan, Mary Brown Menzie, Army Nurse and Jacqueline Fleck Kidd

The Air Medal:

Lt. Elsie S. Ott, Army Nurse Corps, Lt. Reba Whittle, (later Tobiason), Army Nurse Corps, F. Rosalind Westfall, Red Cross nurse who flew 1,299 hours from May 1944 and was awarded the Air Medal April 6, 1946, Lt. jg. Regina Kauffman, USN, Lt. Marcia Sonon, USN and Aviation Machinist Wendy Westbrook, USN.

Most Decorated Military Woman:

Colonel Ruby Bradley is America's most decorated military woman. She served in WWII and was a POW for 37 months in a Japanese prison camp. Later she was a frontline U.S. Army nurse in Korea on the day 100,000 Chinese soldiers overran American troops and started closing in on her hospital tent. Col. Bradley has earned 34 medals and citations for bravery, including two Bronze stars. She retired from the Army in 1963, but remained a nurse all her working life. She was a U.S. Army nurse and a POW for two years in the Philippines and was known as the "Angel in Fatigues" at Santo Tomas Internment Camp in Manila. Replacement awards reportedly included the Legion of Merit medals, the Bronze Star, two Presidential Emblems, the Meritorious Unit Emblem, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, the Army Occupational Medal with Japan clasp, three Korea Service medals, the Philippine Liberation Medal, the Philippine Independence Ribbon and the United Nations Service Medal.