Wrapping up Oregon Women’s Military History Week are Coast Guard veteran Kim Gray (one of the few people on earth who can say they’ve sailed around the world — literally) and Jean Kirnak, a nurse in the legendary 8076 MASH unit, which was recognized for the meritorious and life-saving service it courageously provided throughout the Korean War.
Today’s featured Oregon women veterans include “living legend” Mildred LaViolette Harrison, part of the first class of WAVES during the Second World War, and Lt. Col. Linda Campbell, the first to secure burial rights for her same-sex spouse in a national military cemetery.
Featured today are two more outstanding figures from Oregon’s women military history, including a Jewish German refugee who directed the troops’ dietary needs during WWII and one of the first known women with children to be allowed to serve in the nation’s military.
Today’s highlight features WWII Marine Corps Reservist Muriel “Dolly” Ruble and Army veteran Jessie Miller, one of the original “lionesses” in the Iraq War.
Today’s highlight features WWII WASP Geraldine “Jerry” Hardman Jordan who grew up in Ontario, Oregon and was inspired by Charles Lindbergh to learn to fly, and Vietnam-era Navy veteran Christine Lundberg, longtime public servant and former mayor of Springfield, Oregon.
Governor Brown Proclaims March 14-20 “Women’s Military History Week” in Oregon.