Women veterans put their lives on the line, fought for us just like men did. We owe them a lot and most of all we need to remember their names and honor them.
When asked about war veterans or the greatest revolutionaries of all times you will probably be able to give some male names. Famous Che Guevara is still an inspiration for many people. Or consider Raoul Wallenberg! An envoy to Hungary. He rescued one thousand Jews during WWII. And this list can gon on forever.
But how about women? They fought, nursed, cooked during wars as well. And as far as all fights were not fought only by men, I want all of us to celebrate the women who fought and risked their lives equally.
So, I represent my top list of women veterans who simply put their lives on the line. By the way, I haven’t even numbered my list, because how can you rank them? It’s just for honoring!
To express gratitude and honor women in military service, people held women veterans’ day in nearly every corner of the world. Groups of people gather at big cities during those days. BTW, remain alert to learn the details of “2017 Women Veterans Leadership and Diversity” conference which will be held in Washington DC.
2017 Women Veterans Leadership and Diversity Conference
There are hundreds of women veterans around the world. They volunteered at the most dangerous spots to keep their states safe. However, today there are few services and support programmes that tackle their problems.
To solve the issue Annual Women Veterans Leadership and Diversity Conference is going to be held on November 10th, 2017, in Washington DC.
This three-day conference is designed to connect, empower and engage all American women veterans regardless their rank. So, if you are one of the women veterans or just a woman involved in military service don’t miss this great event. The registration is still open. Ticket costs may vary. The early birds are welcome. They will definitely get some privileges.
Women Veterans You Should Know | Elsie S. Ott (US)
Those who give a Hippocratic Oath never breach it. Elise S. Ott is among the women veterans who are ready to fulfill their duties when the day comes. It seems it was her destiny to study at Lenox Hill hospital school of nursing.
Later on, after joining the Army Air Force Nurse Corps, in September of 1941, her skills made her the first woman who received the U.S. Air Medal. This is how she joined the groups of those remarkable warrior women of WWII.
The combat was in progress. The problem of evacuating the wounded was remaining quite critical. It was possible only via military planes. However, nobody was aware how to make those planes ready for Air Ambulances. Elsie was a second lieutenant at that time and had never been on the airplane.
She was tasked to make the planes ready for passengers. After the first flight, she made sure to have all the medical necessities on board. Due to her efforts and devotion, many people survived and she got that desirable medal ever received by a woman from the US Army.
Several years later she was promoted to Captain. Whereas, in 1965, Elsie was chosen to christen the “Nightingale” – a new type of air ambulance.
Women Veterans You Should Know | Cathay Williams (US)
The topic of African-Americans still remains quite controversial, leave alone the 19th century. However, surprises and exceptions are part of world history. This is the case with Cathay Williams.
She was the 1st African-American to enlist in US Army. Moreover, she was the only black woman documented in the military papers of America. She shared the same story of the black slaves. Cathay was born into slavery. She worked as a house servant.
When the Civil War broke out she enlisted to earn living. As girls were not allowed to be in the army she had to disguise herself. She served as a Buffalo Soldier while she was in the army.
By the way, those buffalo soldiers served in the harshest conditions. One should be very strong and brave to survive it. This is way Cathay should definitely be on my list as one of the courageous women veterans.
Women Veterans You Should Know | Marina Raskova (USSR)
Marina Raskova was a famous Soviet pilot and commander. She founded 3 well-known female air regiments during the Second World War by breaking all stereotypes about women at war. Women can be not only nurses or cooks in combat. Their actions can be decisive at war. This is why Marina Raskova appears on my list of women veterans.
Even if you decide to go against the flow, and change your destiny some events will put everything in its place. So, a human being can never change his/her fate. This is what happened to Russian Amelia Erhart- Marina Raskova.
Born to a middle-class family, Marina wanted to become a musician. Then she made up her mind and went deep into a chemistry. However, aviation was her destiny. Accordingly, she enrolled in Aerodynamic Navigation Lab of the Soviet Army.
When the WWII burst forth, one of the most remarkable Russian women veterans, Marina Raskova formed three regiment comprising only groups of women. The regiments were named “The Night Witches”. Raskova was the commander of one of those regiments.
Under Marina’s command, it completed 134 missions and dropped nearly 980 tons of bombs. Unfortunately, she was killed while attempting to lead remaining bombs to a safe airfield. Posthumously she was awarded an order of patriotic war first class.
The aviation detachments created by her were used up to the very end of the war. All those women under the command of Raskova brought a huge contribution to the successful end of the war. So don’t you think I should have Marina Raskova’s name on my list?
Women Veterans You Should Know | Lyudmila Pavlichenko (USSR)
Male-dominant Soviet society portrayed the image of a woman at home, making food, raising kids. But wars always “deal the cards” and leave no chance but rush to the frontline and fight for the motherland. Women did the same during WWII. And Marina Raskova was not the only one to reap the laurel of a winner.
Lyudmila Pavlichenko was of Ukrainian origin. She was a sniper at Soviet Army. She is regarded as one of the best female snipers in world history. Pavlichenko was only 24 when one day she joined the voluntary groups in Odessa and became one of the 2000 women snipers of Red Army.
It’s interesting to know that women were not chosen by accident. A sniper is someone who avoids hand-to-hand fights. A sniper is also quite deliberate and patient. Such qualities can have only women. Lyudmila Pavlichenko did her best to fight for her country and become one of the top successful female snipers in the world. This is why she is on my list of exceptional women veterans.
Women Veterans You Should Know | Susan Travers (French Foreign Legion)
There is an illogical dogma among sailors, military forces and other servicemen that a woman in a ship or battlefield brings only bad luck. Probably this is because they believe that women always need attention. They can’t cope with difficulties and stuff. Are you serious, people?
If a proof is needed meet the fifth amazing Englishwoman from my women veterans’ list. She lived in France when WWII started. Soon she joined the Free French Forces. As a driver, Susan was sent with the French Foreign Legion to Syria. Later in Libya, her unit was trapped by Rommel’s Africa Corps.
After spending 15 days in sand pits, the unit decided to escape at night. Travers was driving the car. She managed to lead 2,500 troops to the safety of an Allied encampment hours under severe gunfire. Her car was full of bullet holes. To honor her Travers was promoted to general. Besides, she was the only female to serve in French Foreign Legion.
Not Women Veterans but Still Outstanding Female Warriors
Actually, not all women who took part in wars are supposed to be women veterans. However, there are some names that must be included in this list.
They are not war veterans but what they did for their countries is valueless. So here they are.
Woman Warrior | Krystyna Skarbek (Poland)
This Polish spy is exceptional because she was able to negotiate with Gestapo- the secret police of Nazi Germany. She cooperated with British intelligence and organized Polish resistance groups. Besides she managed to save polish pilots.
Skarbek was caught by Gestapo and released after hours of inquiry. Later on, she gained new name known as Christine Granville. However, Krystyna is especially famous for her something else. She introduced herself as a spy to French working for Gestapo and by threatening them released many prisoners.
This made her a legendary spy and provided a place in my list. Besides, she was made a member of the order of British Empire.
Woman Warrior | Noor Inayat Khan (Britain)
Will you be amazed if I say she was a princess? And during her military career, she was dubbed a “princess spy”. Her status is not accidental. Her grand-grand-grand father was the ruler of Mysore Kingdom. Anyway, this princess-spy with Indian background was against any violence or war.
However, fate brought her to one of the hot spots of WWII. She was sent to Nazi-occupied France as a wireless operator. Unfortunately, Noor was caught and interrogated. Anyway, nobody could draw a word from her. She was shot soon after the inquiry. This woman was so skilled that German intelligence called her “extremely dangerous prisoner”.
Regardless all this she never betrayed her country and fought for future peace around the world. Thus, I couldn’t leave her out of my list even though doesn’t belong to famous groups of women veterans.
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