Arlington National Cemetery (04:14)
The Women in Military Service for America Memorial was dedicated in October 1997. Wilma Vaught describes the dedication.
Staff Sergeant Leigh Ann Hester discusses her mission in Iraq and the insurgent attack on March 20th; she is the first woman to receive the Silver Star for combat heroism. Women, including Molly Pitcher and Margaret Corbin, participated in the Revolutionary War.
Called to Duty (10:03)
Several women discuss joining the service, military changes, and 9/11. Prior to WWI, the Secretary of the Navy brought in women as administrators; General Pershing established the Hello Girls. WWII forced Congress to pass laws permitting women to enlist in the military.
Nurses throughout the history of wartime share similar qualities; fear and blood are the same. Nurses describe personal and historical combat nursing experiences. Dr. Mary Walker is the only woman to receive the Medal of Honor.
In the Line of Fire (08:08)
In 2013, the military lifted restrictions on women serving in combat positions. Jessica Ellis enlisted in the Army in 2004 and served in Iraq. Women discuss recent and historical battlefield experiences.
Freedom Is Not Free (10:53)
Tammy Duckworth was hit by an RPG while flying a helicopter. Many women suffered serious injuries and were treated at Walter Reed Hospital. Military service results in challenges, including mental health and homelessness.
Still to Come (01:01)
See a preview of Part 2 of "Unsung Heroes: The Story of America's Female Patriots - Part 2."
Credits: Unsung Heroes: The Story of America's Female Patriots - Part 1 (02:54)
Credits: Unsung Heroes: The Story of America's Female Patriots - Part 1
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