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My personal favorite woman in uniform - my Mother-in-Law, 1LT Cleo Pressnell Frisbie. Served as a nurse in the 107th EVAC Hospital, ETO. Landing at Omaha Beach Jul 1944, they "toured" France, Belgium, Luxembourg, and Germany treating 25,000 patients and earning 5 campaign stars. They even liberated a small town in France when they made a wrong turn and got ahead of the infantry they were supposed to be following!

 

They ended the war in Wurzburg, Germany taking over a German Army hospital where this pic was taken. She was from Virginia.

 

Frank


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Frank,

 

Great picture and story! Thanks so much for adding to this thread.

 

...Kat


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Another one from FlyGirls on Facebook:

Lt. Col. Tamara Barlette, USAF:

"There I was....an A-10 jet pilot stationed at Osan AB, South Korea. I was tasked to take a jet down to our maintenance depot in Busan, about 200 miles south of Seoul, and return via train that same day. I flew my A-10 uneventfully across the Korean peninsula and landed as expected. Once I taxied to the designated parking area, I was greeted by the local Korean ground crew. While I was still in the jet, preparing to shut it down, the ground crew plugged into my communication system and spoke to me, following standard procedure. Throughout the conversation, I was continually referred to as “sir.” Realizing their mistake, I tried to raise my voice a little higher to clue them in that I was female. Once all the systems were properly shut down it was time to take my helmet off. You should have seen the looks on their faces when they realized it was a woman behind the controls of such a large, lethal fighter jet."

 

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Hi,

 

I was wondering what the guys were thinking about, the M2 Browning or the cute female instructor (USMC Female instructor 1944).

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Interested in US Naval and Marine aviation history, aircrew wings & insignia.

WW2 US Navy and Marine Grumman Wildcat, Avenger & Douglas SBD aircraft.

Also interested in US 5th AF in Australia.


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Great pic! semper Fi.......Bob


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"I have only two men out of my company and 20 out of some other company. We need support, but it is almost suicide to try to get it here as we are swept by machine gun fire and constant barrage is on us. I have no one on my left and only a few on my right. I will hold." (Message sent by 1st Lt. Clifton B. Cates. USMC, 96th Co., Soissons, 19 July 1918 - later 19th Commandant of the Marine Corps 1948-1952)

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I'm sure they all showed up for the next day's refresher class (taught by someone else).

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I've posted this elsewhere before, but it is one of my all time favorite photos.

 

This is a female Ordnance technician testing live mortar rounds at I believe Aberdeen Proving Grounds during WWII.

 

A job like this has some danger to it. Mortar rounds do not always fly the way they are supposed to.

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Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

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"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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Sergeant Julia Bringloe hung beneath a helicopter on a hoist numerous times rescuing wounded Americans. She served as a flight medic with a crew responsible for medical evacuations in Afghanistan. Over a 3 day period in 2011, Bringloe was lowered again and again into enemy fire over treacherous mountain terrain. On the first day, she dropped 150 feet to a roof top and put a wounded soldier in a litter to be hoisted up. As the helicopter pulled them skyward, they veered toward a tree. Bringloe slammed into the tree, causing a small fracture in her leg. She ignored this to continue her mission. On another occasion, Bringloe's chopper flew into an area to rescue 3 wounded soldiers immediately after another Dustoff was shot out and had to make an emergency landing back at base. Bringloe braved the enemy fire dangling beneath the chopper to boost all 3 casualties to safety. One of the soldiers was shot in the face and survived as a direct result of Bringloe's rescue and medical attention. For her dedication to her mission and heroic actions, Bringloe was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross.

 

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This thread is about individual women who served and made their contribution to our country's defense.

 

Let's keep the discussion focused on that.


Gil Burket
Omaha, NE
Specializing in Fakes and Reproductions
of the Vietnam War

burkcats@hotmail.com

 

"One is easily fooled by that which one loves."

 

Moliere: Tartuffe

 

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