March 8 is International Women’s Day, and a celebration of women would be incomplete if the female trailblazers of the United States Army were not recognized. From breaking barriers in combat to challenging the status quo across eras, here are 8 female soldiers who changed the course of history for the U.S. military.
On June 13, 1966, U.S. Air Force Maj. William J. Vinopal climbed into his Convair F-106A Delta Dart, a single-seat, flight interceptor aircraft, for a routine training mission over the lake. It would turn out to be his last flight. Now, over 50 years later, a group of veterans is on a mission to locate the wreckage and recover Vinopal’s remains.
A bipartisan group of senators has submitted a letter to Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to once again push to add the names of the “Lost 74” — the sailors killed aboard the Evans — to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Wall.
“It is very important for us for a soldier who lived and died as an American be acknowledged for posterity as an American. It is also equally important for us that a soldier who lived and died as a Jew, be recognized as a Jew.”
“Too often the threats to our priceless historical treasures go unnoticed,” said Trust President James Lighthizer. “This report is a rallying cry to the nation, a powerful reminder that our most hallowed ground may still be in imminent danger.”