Star-Spangled Hearts: American Women Veterans of World War II
During World War II well over a quarter of a million American women volunteered for military service, participating in all branches of the armed forces (army, navy, marines and coast guard) in newly-created all-female auxiliaries as well as the U.S. Army Nurse Corps. However, until recently their contribution to the war effort has been largely absent from the histories of that conflict, overshadowed by the attention to the iconic “Rosie the Riveter” representing women’s service on the home front and in industry.
In “Star-Spangled Hearts”: American Women Veterans of World War II, oral historian Jeffrey S. Suchanek at last accords these women the front-and-center attention their service merits. Based on first-hand interviews he conducted with women veterans from all of the service branches, he presents here the memoirs of twenty women who collectively demonstrate that the honor of “Greatest Generation” does not belong to their male counterparts alone.
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Women veterans, World War II
Oral History | United States History | Women's History
Suchanek, Jeffrey S. and Suchanek, Jeanne Ontko, "Star-Spangled Hearts: American Women Veterans of World War II" (2011). Library Faculty Book Gallery. 3.