Women have served with valor and honor in all of America's wars even though they were not under formal military command until the beginning of the 20th century. Wives, mothers, and daughters followed their men into battle. Eventually women were accepted into the ranks of the armed forces. According to the Department of Defense, by 2005 the number of females on active duty reached nearly 14 percent of the total.
Today there are nearly two million female veterans in the United States, many of whom flew combat aircraft, served on ships, and drove convoys. Here at ThirdAge, we salute all of them as the heroes that they are.
In their honor for Veteran's Day 2011, we pay tribute to 7 of the most notable servicewomen in U.S. history.
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