· 350,000 women are serving in
the U.S. military—- almost 15
percent of active duty personnel.
· One in every seven troops in
Iraq is a woman.
· 35 women
soldiers have died as of March 2005.
· 261 U.S. military women have
been wounded in Iraq.
1,500 women served
· 21,480 in the
Army Nurse Corps
· 2,000 in the
Navy Nurse Corps
· 12,000 Yeomen
· 305 Women Marines
· 200 in
Army Signal Corps
· More than
400 nurses died in the line of duty.
World War II Era:
· 400,000 women served.
More than 460 died.
· 88 female
military nurses were captured and
held as prisoners of war.
Korean War era:
· More than 50,000 served.
265,000 women served.
women were deployed in theater,
including 36 women Marines, 421
women in the Navy and 771 in the Air
Force. The remainder served in the
· Navy, Air Force and Army
nurses accounted for 80 percent to
90 percent of the total number of
women who served in Vietnam.
Majority of U.S. women serving were
in their early 20s. When they
returned to the United States, they
received the same hostile treatment
as did men returning from combat
· 48 percent of women
Vietnam veterans are expected to
experience post-traumatic stress
disorder at some point.
women have also encountered health
problems from Agent Orange exposure
and experienced suicidal thoughts.
Operation Desert Storm:
· In January 1991, more than
33,000 servicewomen deployed to
Southwest Asia during Operations
Desert Shield and Desert Storm
13 servicewomen were killed and two
were held as POWs.
World War I: At
least 359 servicewomen died, mostly
from influenza and vehicle and
World War II: 543
died, mostly from vehicle and
aircraft accidents. Sixteen Army
nurses died from enemy fire.
Korean War: 17
died, mostly from vehicle or
Vietnam War: 8
died, one from hostile fire, one
suicide, and the rest from vehicle
and aircraft accidents.
(Operations Desert Shield and Desert
Storm): 16 died, mostly from vehicle
and aircraft accidents and hostile
Iraq war: 52 have
died from hostile fire, and 378 have
been wounded in action.
President has nominated Lt. Gen. Ann
E. Dunwoody of the Army for
appointment to the grade of general
and assignment as commander,
Army Materiel Command
old military policewoman in
protective security team is
responsible for the safety of Gen.
until Wednesday the commander of the
US forces in Afghanistan.
Brown from the 782nd Brigade Support
Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd
Airborne Division, stands over Forward
Operating Base Salerno in Khowst
province, Afghanistan. Brown is the
second woman since World War II to earn
a Silver Star for gallantry in combat.
UPDATE - Nov '08 - Army SPC
Monica L. Brown was recently selected as
the United Service Organization's (USO)
Army Soldier of the Year. (Photo by Spc.
Micah E. Clare, USA)Ê
Connie Spinks, pictured
with her mother, Annette,
was wounded the day after
her 22nd birthday. A car
bomber collided with the
Humvee in which Connie was
riding in northern Iraq.
Annette says her husband
deeply regrets letting
Connie join the Reserve.
Connie Rendon, shown with
her husband Hector, was 40
when she was wounded in an
ambush on her truck north of
Baghdad. Shrapnel broke her
jaw and is still embedded in
her face. Her hands were
burnt and broken, her ribs
smashed; one lung collapsed.