Monument 11

The Women Who Served

The Women Who Served Monument

Curator:  Women's Army Corps Veterans Association (WACVA)

Theme:   The Women Who Served

Background:  The Women’s Armed Services Integration Act of 1948, signed into law by President Harry Truman on June 12, 1948, gave women permanent status in the Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps.  No longer would special women’s “components” be formed during military emergencies for the duration only.  Women in all the services were members of the Regular Armed Forces and the Reserves, subject to military authority and regulations and entitled to veterans benefits.  Initially relegated to support roles of nursing, communications and administrative duties, women gradually moved into combat support and eventually to combat roles.  

Fort Huachuca witnessed a great deal of change in the role of women in the Armed Forces in the areas of medicine, intelligence and communications.  As society changed, and the Military itself often leading the change, America came to realize that the more fuller participation in all roles of military service added value and talent to the force.  

Dedication Inscription:  

Throughout history women have bravely fought for our freedoms.

They have served selflessly, often with little or no recognition. 

Warriors and veterans who were also spouses, mothers,

sisters, and daughters.

This monument is for them. 

Attribution Inscription:  

San Pedro Chapter 95, Women’s Army Corps Veterans’ Association Army Women United 

proudly helped to design and fund this monument dedicated to our women warriors 

in grateful recognition of their many sacrifices and significant contributions to this country.

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