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A Salute to our Female Soldiers this Memorial Day 

. Mellina White-Cusack


Countless members of the U.S. military have sacrificed their lives for the freedom and privileges we enjoy everyday. However, it comes as a surprise to many the number of women who have fought and died for their country. In fact, according to the U.S. Military, more than 150 women have been killed and more than 800 wounded in the Iraq and Afghan Wars alone. Even though many associate Memorial Day with hot dogs, beach parties and the kickoff to summer, we hope you all take a moment to remember and appreciate our fallen heroes. Here are just a few of the brave women we salute. Do you have a fallen hero you want to recognize this Memorial Day? Please share on the TomboyX Facebook Page. Let's bring visibility to all soldiers! 



Air Force Major Adrianna Vorderbruggen


Photo: The Advocate 


Not only was Major Vorderbruggen one of the first openly gay service members, she also advised the White House on how to implement the repeal of "Don't Ask, Don't Tell." Major Vorderbruggen was killed by a suicide bomber along with six of her fellow service members in 2015. She leaves behind her wife, Heather, and son, Jacob. 


Spc. Brittany B. Gordon


Photo: American Women Veterans 


Specialist Gordon was an Army Intelligence Analyst who was killed by a suicide bomber along with five others in 2012. She was on her first deployment, a mission she had volunteered to take on. According to TampBay.Com, her cousin, Rev. Evelyn Thompson described Gordon this way: "If I would describe her, she had no fear. She wanted to make a difference. Because that's what military people do: make a difference in the lives of others."


1st Lt. Ashley White Stumpf 


Photo: Cosmopolitan 


1st Lt. Stumpf was a pioneer, part of a band of sisters called the Cultural Support Teams. These teams of women were among the first to go into combat zones. Their mission so secret, they couldn't even tell their families. Stumpf's assignment was to speak with local women and children to gather information. She was killed in action along with two Army Rangers when walking into a booby-trapped compound. Her story so brave, she and her team were the inspiration for the book Ashley's War


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The Collective Voice

  • Leslie Livesay

    As an Ex Army Spouse of a Woman in the Army. I would like to say THANK YOU FOR YOUR ULTIMATE SACRIFICE!!! And for all of the Service Men & Women that have served and some that have gave all and to all of the others that are still serving & have served. THANK YOU !! From the bottom of my Heart !! If it weren’t for all of you there wouldn’t be THE USA !!
    THANK YOU !!

  • Di Echols

    Thank you for sharing this. Too many folks forget the meaning of this day. You continue to be a company I am glad to support.

  • Shelley

    There are no words that can convey the gratitude all Americans should have for these brave, selfless women.