VA Puget Sound in­ducts first woman into Wall of He­roes

The Olympian - - Local - As­so­ci­ated Press

A 98-year-old fe­male US Army Corps vet­eran has been in­ducted into the VA Puget Sound Health Care Sys­tem’s Wall of He­roes, mak­ing her the first woman to re­ceive the honor for her ser­vice.

Frances E. Har­man was among those hon­ored by Gov. Jay Inslee and Veter­ans Af­fairs De­part­ment of­fi­cials Thurs­day dur­ing an an­nual cer­e­mony at the health care sys­tem’s Seat­tle cam­pus.

A plaque hon­or­ing Har­man will join the fa­cil­ity’s “Wall of He­roes.”

Har­man was a first lieu­tenant in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps dur­ing World War II, serv­ing in the burn unit of a field hos­pi­tal on New Guinea. She served in the Corps from 1943-1946.

Her mil­i­tary awards in­clude the Mer­i­to­ri­ous Unit Award, three Over­seas Ser­vice Bars, the Amer­i­can The­ater Rib­bon, the Asia/Pa­cific The­ater Rib­bon with one Bronze Bat­tle Star, and the Vic­tory Medal.

ELAINE THOMP­SON AP

U.S. Army Nurse Corps vet­eran Frances E. Har­man, 98, who served as a first lieu­tenant in World War II, looks across at a plaque in her honor at a cer­e­mony hon­or­ing her ser­vice Thurs­day in Seat­tle. Har­man is the first fe­male vet­eran to be hon­ored at the an­nual VA Puget Sound Veter­ans Day event. She served in the burn unit of a field hos­pi­tal in New Guinea.

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