8 Famous Women Who Proudly Served In Military But Do Not Make Buzz Out Of It

We always hear about the notable male celebrities who have served in their country, but what about the women? You'd be surprised at how many ladies have fought for their country throughout history. We honor these female soldiers who made a difference in the world and helped to save lives who are indeed an inspiration to others. 

So, without further ado, let's take a look at these brave women listed below. 

8. Gal Gadot

Before Gal became Wonder Woman in 2017, she was crowned Miss Israel in 2004. She served her mandatory two years in the Israeli Defense Forces before embracing a career in the film industry. During Gadot's assignment, she worked as a physical fitness specialist and taught gymnastics and calisthenics to the soldiers.

Gadot actually believes that her big break in the acting world is credited to her military service and claimed that Justin Lin, the director of Fast Five and Fast & Furious 6, cast her in the role of Gisele because he was fascinated with her military background and her knowledge of weaponry.

7. Bea Arthur

Bea served in the Marine Corp before she was known as Dorothy Zbornak on the hilarious sitcom, The Golden Girls. She is an Emmy award-winning actress and was enlisted into the Women's Reserve when she was just 21 years old where she first served as a typist and truck driver. She worked her way up to staff sergeant and was honorably discharged in 1945.

According to The Daily Beast, official papers show that Arthur's supervisors considered her to have an argumentative nature, which was much like the feisty persona she became known for on both The Golden Girls and Maude.

6. Harriet Tubman

Harriet Tubman was a military leader and Union spy during the Civil War. Harriet is mostly known for her groundbreaking work with the Underground Railroad and, later, as an abolitionist, but according to National Geographic, Tubman was also a fundamental part of the Civil War. In 1863, Tubman and Colonel James Montgomery directed a group of soldiers in liberating slaves from plantations in South Carolina, which made Tubman the first woman in US history to lead a military expedition.

She continued her work as an operative and recruiter for the Union Army. This operation was so secretive, that only President Lincoln knew about it. Tubman received compensation for her military participation decades later, in 1899. Thomas B. Allen, the author of Harriet Tubman, Secret Agent, says that Tubman is "one of the great heroines of the Civil War".

5. Queen Elizabeth II

Did you know that Queen Elizabeth II was also helping out in World War II. She was only 18 years old at the time, and begged her father, King George VI to allow her to assist in the war. She joined the Woman's Auxillary Territorial Service in England that very same year. 

The Queen was known as "Second Subaltern Elizabeth Windsor." While serving, the young queen drove military trucks and trained as a mechanic, making her, to this day, the only female member of the Royal Family to enter the armed forces.

4. Eileen Collins

Collins broke several barriers during her career. Not only was she NASA's first female shuttle commander, who went into space at the age of 23, but she also became the Air Force's first female flight instructor. In 1978, she joined the Air Force, making her one of the first four women to go through pilot training at Vance Air Force Base in Enid, Oklahoma.

Here is what she wrote in TIME Magazine, "The Air Force was testing whether women could succeed as military pilots. We obviously were living in a fishbowl, everyone knew who we were, our personal business, our test scores, and our flight performance. My philosophy was to be the best pilot I could be". 

3. Zulay Henao

Would you have imagined that this actress served in the US Army for three years?  Colombian-American actress Zulay Henao, has appeared on the show Army Wives, but not many know that she served in the US Army before becoming an actress.

After completing high school, Henao enlisted, and after serving for three years in the Army, she went on to enroll at the New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts. She recently spoke to the paparazzi about her time in the military, stating, "I wouldn't be doing what I'm doing, and I wouldn't have the perspective I have of the world if it weren't for the Army."

2. Jennifer Marshall

We know Jennifer for her role as Susan Hargrove on Netflix's hit show Stranger Things, but before she became an actress, Jennifer served in the United States Navy from ages 17 to 22. According to Marshall's website, she was a forklift operator, aircraft handler, and logistics specialist, and also worked for the USS Theodore Roosevelt's Sexual Assault Victim Intervention (SAVI) program throughout her service.  

That's pretty impressive, don't you agree? Marshall was awarded numerous honors and medals for her time in the Navy. Today, in addition to acting, she works with Pin-Ups For Vets, which is a non-profit organization that aids hospitalized veterans and deployed troops. 

1. Robin Quivers

Here's a face we all recognize. Robin has co-hosted The Howard Stern Show for over 30 years, but did you know that she served as a captain in the US Air Force before that? Robin got her degree in nursing from The University of Maryland and joined the military as a Second Lieutenant after college.

She quickly soared to the tops, and when she was discharged in 1978, her official title was captain. According to Biography.com, she served as a reserve in the Air Force until 1990, after which she completely changed her career and went into radio, where Howard Stern hired her for his show in 1981.

Wow, these ladies are amazing, don't you agree? They truly are one of the most inspirational people in the world, and we admire them. We hope you enjoyed this bit of insight and remember to share it with your friends and family. Keep up-to-date with us for more exciting news on bravery. 

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