Recognition for our Native Women Veterans
1. According to a 1943 article in the “Christian Science Monitor” Gailya and Thelma Barton, Cherokee sisters, were WAAC’s who served with the Aircraft Warning Service.
2. Pearl Street Burks, Naticoke, served in the Women’s Army Corps from 1962 – 1965 as a medical specialist.
3. Pvt. Thomasita Chavez, San Juan Pueblo, was a field musician in the Marine Corps during WW ll . There is a picture of her playing the bugle.
4. Patricia Curry, Seneca, was a Naval 2nd Class Petty Officer in Avionics during the Vietnam era.
5. Marilyn Kemp, Quinault, served as a clerk-typist from 1970-1973 in the Women’s Army Corp.
6. Grace Thorpe, daughter of the famous athlete Jim Thorpe, was a WAC during WW ll.
7. The first Indian woman to graduate from West Point was Brigitte Wahwassuck, Potawatomi.
8. Corporal Lillian Lincheze, Navajo, served as a WAC recruiter during WW ll in Gallup, New Mexico.
9. Currently there are Indian women serving aboard the aircraft carriers the USS Roosevelt and the USS Stennis.
10. PFC. Blanche West, Chippewa, served as a WAC in England during WW ll.
Lieutenant Colonel, Army Nurse Corps
Came on Active Duty: September 1978 as a Second Lieutenant
Served 20 years Active and 2 years Reserves
Job Specialist: 66 J-Staff Nurse, 66H- Medical-Surgical Nurse, 66F-Nurse Anesthetist
Brenda Finnicum Lieutenant Colonel, Army Nurse Corps (retired)
Awards: Meritorious Service medal
Army Commendation medal
Army Achievement medal
Army of Occupation medal
National Defense Service medal
Army Service Ribbon
Overseas Service Ribbon
Assignments: Tripler Army Medical center, Hawaii; Fort Rucker, Alabama; 114th Evacuation Hospital, (Reserves), San Antonio Texas; Berlin Army Hospital, Berlin, West Germany; Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Washington, DC; National Training Center, Fort Irwin, California; Keller Army Community Hospital, West Point, New York
Temporary Duty Assignments: Turkey, Italy, West Germany, and various state side assignments to include Fort Lee, Fort Bragg, Fort Sam Houston, Fort Leavenworth