Mary Caruthers

In October 1969, Mary enlisted in the Army as a WAC (Women’s Army Corps). At enlistment, Mary was already a mother of two children, but ready to serve her country. She promptly was deployed to Fort McClellan, Alabama where she completed her basic training and remained...

Deborah Gannett

The first known woman to impersonate a man in the U.S. Army, Deborah served as a soldier during the American Revolution. Born in Plympton, Massachusetts on December 17, 1760 to Jonathan and Deborah Bradford Sampson, she was the oldest of seven children. While still a...

Gun Corporal William Graham Clarke

William Graham Clarke was born in August 1873 and immigrated with his family to the United States in 1885 from Omagh, County Tyrone, Ireland. He became a citizen of the United States of America on October 24 1894. During the War with Spain, William served in Battery...

LTC Paula R. Stephenson (Ret)

It was the GI Bill that sold her parents on joining the Army because she was not yet 21 years old and still needed her parents’ signatures for her to enlist.  Her military career started September 1971, Fort McClellan, Alabama. Paula graduated from basic training a...

Leilani (Jan) Miller

Leilani J Miller joined the U.S. Army April 10, 1970. She graduated Woman’s Army Corps basic training at Ft McClellan, Alabama. General Elizabeth P. Hoisington was the keynote speaker. At Ft. Sam Houston, Texas graduated from 91A School, the keynote speaker was...

Laurie Anne Brechtel Smith

Shortly after graduating from high school in 1974, Laurie Anne Brechtel Smith left home in Redmond Washington. She followed in the footsteps of her father, Alvin E. Brechtel, who served in the Army Air Corp during World War II, by joining the United States Army...