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Women of World War II Receive Recognition in Rocky Mount

Posted February 26, 1999 6:00 a.m. EST

— Women in today's military are doing things they could never have done without the pioneers of World War II, women who are being honored now for their work 50 years ago. For the first time in North Carolina, a highway marker is going up for a female soldier.

That soldier, Colonel Westray Boyce, advised General Eisenhower during World War II, and reached the highest rank a woman could achieve. Some say Boyce paved the way for women in the military today.

"Colonel Boyce, and thousands of women like her, many that served for her, came into theArmy, performed exceptionally well, and demonstrated to the country and the world what women had to give to this nation," says Brigadier General Kathryn Frost, of theDepartment of Defense.

TheDaughters of the American Revolutionspurred the dedication. They believe it's time we all remembered the contributions of women, during peacetime and at war.

"The war effort accelerated the need for women to come out from behind the kitchen table," says DAR member Virginia Robertson. "They had two jobs to fill, the home and the homefront during the wartime."

The recognition women are receiving extends beyond the military as well. Taxpayers voted to put "Rosie the Riveter" on a new stamp.

"I think that people like to kind of look back at yesteryear to see how they were," saysU.S. Postal Serviceemployee George Lamm.