Three members of the Women’s Army Corps proudly render a military salute.
Msgt. Frieda M. Lambrecht was a Veteran of both World War II and Korean War. She served during an era when opportunities for women in the military were expanding. As a soldier in the Army Medical Department, she affected the lives of many wounded soldiers during both wars. In honor of Women’s History Month, the National Cemetery Administration is honored to share Lambrecht’s Veterans Legacy.
Lambrecht was born in Germany on August 31, 1913. She lived there until her family immigrated to the United States in 1926. Three years later, she became a naturalized citizen in Illinois, where she worked as a nurse at the St. John’s Sanitarium for ten years.
During World War II, Lambrecht decided to use her medical experience in the military. In February 1945, she enlisted in the Women’s Army Corps as a surgical assistant. Established in 1942, the Women’s Army Corps created hundreds of non-combat positions for women, giving them the first opportunities to serve in the Army in occupations other than a nurse. It allowed women to expand into the fields of driving, cooking, medical, and clerical work.
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