I am doing an essay for my History class about women in World War II. All I need is a link to maybe a website or two (or just the name of the recipient, so I can Google search it) so I can conclude my research. Medals of any kind would be great, so long as the award was received by a woman. Thank you!
WASHINGTON (CNN) — President Obama on Wednesday signed a measure awarding the 300 surviving Women Airforce Service Pilots from World War II the Congressional Gold Medal.
The bill passed by both chambers of Congress bestows one of the nation’s highest civilian honors on the group known as WASPs more than 60 years after they were the first women to fly U.S. military aircraft.
When the Germans bombed the field hospital at Anzio beach, Italy during WWII medical personnel evacuated forty-two patients by flashlight without incident, and for their bravery four nurses:1st Lt. Mary Roberts, 2d Lt. Elaine Roe, 2d Lt. Rita Virginia Rourke, and 2d Lt. Ellen Ainsworth, received the first Silver Star medals awarded to women in the U.S. Army. Ainsworth, who was killed during the attack, was awarded the medal posthumously.
The George Cross was conferred upon the Island of Malta for the display of bravery of its citizens during the war. Four times a George Cross was conferred upon a woman, three of which posthumously. Three women were awarded the GC for resistance activities in occupied territories during WW 2. One of them was Noor Inayat Khan. This Russian born woman was dropped over France July 16th, 1943, to assist the French resistance movement in their activities. Some three months later, she was betrayed and taken prisoner by the Gestapo (German Secret Police). Despite numerous interrogations she refused to cooperate and divulge information, consequently she was sent to a prison camp in Germany. Even there she refused to cooperate and she was then sent to Dachau concentration camp September 12th, 1944, where she was executed the next day.
In May 1942, Lieutenant Pavlichenko was cited by the Southern Army Council for killing 257 German soldiers. Her total confirmed kills during World War II was 309, including 36 enemy snipers.
In June 1942, Pavlichenko was wounded by mortar fire. Because of her growing status, she was pulled from combat less than a month after recovering from her wound.
Having attained the rank of major, Pavlichenko never returned to combat but became an instructor and trained Soviet snipers until the war’s end. In 1943, she was awarded the Gold Star of the Hero of the Soviet Union and was commemorated on a Soviet postage stamp.
There are four examples, hope it helps 🙂
I used female heroes of wwii on the search and found the links below.
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