Women in Combat (16 Photos)

Eloise J. Ellis, after being appointed senior supervisor in the assembly-and-repairs department at the Naval Air Base in Corpus Christi, Texas, 1942. Photograph: Howard R. Hollem/Library of Congress.

Inez Stroud, circa 1943. Photograph: Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project/UNC Greensboro Libraries.

Wac recruiter, possibly Inez Stroud, and a male soldier meet with potential recruits. Photograph: Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project/UNC Greensboro Libraries.

African-American Company 6 of Wac 3rd Regiment at the first Wac Training Center, at Fort Des Moines, Iowa, 1945. Photograph: Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project/UNC Greensboro Libraries.

The Wasp (Woman’s Air Force Service Pilot) Dorothy Hoover sits on the wing of a Basic Trainer airplane in Sweetwater, Texas, 1943. Photograph: Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project/UNC Greensboro Libraries.

The Wacs Marilyn Roth, Vicki Lapinski, and Lee Wilson (left to right) pose together in field uniforms in Long Binh, Vietnam, circa 1968. Photograph: Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project/UNC Greensboro Libraries.

Diane Kay Corcoran holding a M16 rifle during a Medcap (medical civic action program) providing out-patient health services to South Vietnamese. Photograph: Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project/UNC Greensboro Libraries.

Linda Bray. During the Panama Invasion, in 1989, she was the first female in the U.S. military to lead troops into combat, causing a media outrage. Photograph: Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project/UNC Greensboro Libraries.

Ellen Peebles seated on her cot in Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War, circa 1991. She is dressed in a battle dress uniform and her captain-rank insignia can be seen on her collar. Photograph: Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project/UNC Greensboro Libraries.

The U.S. Marine Rosie Noel, holding the shrapnel that wounded her in Iraq. Noel, a gunnery sergeant, received a Purple Heart in Iraq, in 2005. Photograph: Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project/UNC Greensboro Libraries.

The HM2 Corpsman Elena Woods, a U.S. Marine with the Female Engagement Team, after returning from a Forward Operating Base at Camp Delhi, in Helmand province, Afghanistan, 2010. The Female Engagement Teams are attached to Marine Infantry Battalions, and try to engage Afghan women.

via: The New Yorker

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