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First female veteran to join VA Puget Sound “Wall of Heroes”

U.S. Army Nurse Corps veteran Frances E. Harman, 98, seated center, who served as a first lieutenant in World War II, slices a cake with one of the youngest nurses on staff, 2nd Lt. Ella Von Canon, 23, after a ceremony honoring Harman's service Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018, in Seattle. Harman is the first female veteran to be honored at the annual VA Puget Sound Veterans Day event, where a plaque honoring her will join a "Wall of Heroes" at the health care facility. She served in the burn unit of a field hospital in New Guinea. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

SEATTLE (AP) — 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.

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