Review topics and clips from part one of "Unsung Heroes: The Story of America's Female Patriots."
Lt. Col Nicole Malachowski decided to become a fighter pilot at the age of five; the military lifted restrictions on women flying combat aircraft in 1991. Women Airforce Service Pilots were America's first female military aviators; they received the Congressional Gold Medal in 2009. Vernice Armour and Malachowski discuss flying in combat.
Beverly Kelly is the first woman to command a U.S. military vessel. Ann Dunwoody became the first female Four Star General. Michelle Howard is the first female Naval Academy graduate to become an Admiral. Laura Brown is the first female Base Sgt. Major in the history of Marine Corps base Quantico.
Prisoners of War (12:55)
The contributions of women during WWII had a direct impact on Allied forces. When the U.S. surrendered the Philippines to Japan, 77 nurses, including 1st. Lt. Mildred Manning, became POWs. Rhonda Cornum was shot down and captured in Iraq.
Killed in Action (07:14)
See footage of an IED explosion in Iraq. Female soldiers discuss coming under fire, why they fight, and losing a fellow soldier; 150 female soldiers died in Iraq and Afghanistan. Jessica Ellis' father recalls her death.
Against All Odds (07:02)
Women throughout military history have had a significant impact. Servicewomen reflect on personal and historical military service and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial.
Credits: Unsung Heroes: The Story of America's Female Patriots - Part 2 (02:54)
Credits: Unsung Heroes: The Story of America's Female Patriots - Part 2
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