Read the Stories of Others

Historians are beginning to realize how much leaving out women's stories has cost in terms of understanding America's past. One has said that adding women's history rewrites the maps.

These excerpts from oral history interviews in our collection demonstrate how military women participated in the history of our nation. We'll continue to add interviews to these web pages so that women in all branches of the armed forces in all time periods are represented.

The interviews are catalogued by the era during which the interviewee joined the armed services and then by the military branch in which she served.

  Swearing in as Marines during World War I  

Beatrice Stecher
World War II/Post-World War II

Ann Wood-Kelly
British Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) World War II

Ernestine Johnson (Thomas)
Staff Sergeant, USAF (Ret.)