LAS CRUCES – Following the attack on Pearl Harbor in December, 1941, as men throughout the country signed up to be shipped out to Europe and the Pacific, 26-year-old Betty Somppi, of Erie, Pennsylvania, would do the same.
She became one of the first women to be a part of the Women Auxiliary Army Corp — a women’s branch of the United States Army before female soldiers were integrated into the male units.
Now at 102 years old, Somppi was one several women recognized Saturday during the dedication of the Monument to Women Veterans at Veterans Memorial Park.
The monument — which has six bronze statues of women representing Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Army National Guard women in detailed uniforms from World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Cold…
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