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Put Flowers on Tomb of Unknown Soldier September 9, 2015

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My Aunt the WAC

Tomb of the Unknown Soldier  (Source Wikipedia) Tomb of the Unknown Soldier (Source Wikipedia)

The previous post described how some of Aunt Marian’s items were donated to the Pennsylvania Military Museum in the early 1980s. When the donation was made, her sister Ruth wrote a letter that described  Marian . Here’s another portion of Ruth’s letter:

She never married, which she explained by saying the man must have been killed in World War I. Therefore he must have been “the unknown soldier” in Arlington, Va! So she would make a point of visiting the tomb and drop a flower there every time she was in Washington, D.C. (We had a sister 2 years older than Marian whose husband was in World War I that lived in Washington, D.C.) 

Florence was the sister who lived in D.C.  I keep going back and forth on whether I think Aunt Marian actually had a boyfriend who died in WWI. I…

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World War II from #AtoZChallenge – W is for Women in the Armed Services

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Women all over the world contributed to their country’s effort in the Second World War.  Many of these women served in the armed services. To write about them all or even just those for the Allied Powers would be a very large under taking. Today I write about American women in the armed services but rest assured, the Americans were just one part.

During World War II, approximately 400,000 U.S. women served with the armed forces and more than 460 — some sources say the figure is closer to 543 — lost their lives as a result of the war, including 16 from enemy fire. However, the U.S. decided not to use women in combat because public opinion would not tolerate it. Women became officially recognized as a permanent part of the U.S. armed forces after the war, with the passing of the…

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