Originally published on Mon March 28, 2011 2:56 pm
Left: Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught during her time serving in Vietnam; when she joined the military, she received training on how to put on makeup — but not how to fire a weapon. Right: An illustrated poster of Sgt. Leigh Ann Hester, the first woman since World War II to receive the Silver Star for valor. Both women are profiled in this series.
Credit Courtesy of Brig. Gen. Wilma Vaught; David Gilkey, NPR
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