Here are some women in the military that deserve our admiration!
U.S. Army General Sherian Grace Cadoria (1943- )
It's a long way from the cotton fields
of Marksville, Louisiana to the Pentagon, but that's a trip Sherian
Grace Cadoria knows all about. When Sherian retired from the Army
after 29 years, she held the rank of general and was the highest-ranking
black woman in the armed forces. Her career was studded with military
firsts. She was the first woman to command an all-male battalion
and the first to lead a criminal investigation brigade. Sherian
was also the first black woman director of the Joint Chiefs of
Staff, and she was the first woman admitted to elite Army schools,
the Command and General Staff College and the U.S. Army War College.
Sherian's climb to the top tier of the military hierarchy was
not easy since she had to fight a double dose of prejudice, but
she says that she has "gotten more pressure from being a woman
in a man's world than from being black." After her retirement,
Sherian began a new career as a professional speaker and consultant.
In 1995, she was named Woman of the Year by the Business and Professional
Women national organization. Sherian was born on January 26, 1943.
World War II Army Nurse Aleda E. Lutz (1915-1944)
More than 400 military women died during
World War II, and Aleda E. Lutz was the first one to lose her
life in a combat zone. Aleda was a First Lieutenant Army Flight
Nurse. In all, she flew an astounding 196 missions, evacuating
wounded soldiers and caring for them on the flights back to medical
facilities behind the combat lines. During her 196th mission,
in an evacuation effort over Lyon, Italy, Aleda's plane went down.
She was only 29 years old. On December 28, 1944, she was posthumously
awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross. Aleda has also been inducted
into the Michigan Women's Hall of Fame in recognition of her courage
and sacrifice. In addition, the Veterans' Affairs Medical Center
in Saginaw, Michigan, is named in her honor. It is the only VA
Medical Center named for a female veteran.
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