Odette Marie Celine Brailly, was born in Amiens, France on April She was recruited by the British Special Operations Executive (SOE) and sent to France as the radio operator for the 'Spindle' network, led by Peter Churchill in 1942 ~
After the attack on Pearl Harbor, Colonel Ruby Bradley was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines. After her capture, Bradley continued to work as a nurse in POW camps until She is the most-decorated woman in US military history.
After fleeing Paris in Lise de Baissac found herself in London and applied to join SOE as soon as they accepted females. Along with Andree on September she was one of the first female agents to parachute into France.
On Sept. Mary Louise Hawkins was evacuating 24 patients from the fighting at Palau to Guadalcanal when the ran low on fuel. The pilot made a forced landing in a small clearing on Bellona Island. During the landing, a propeller tore,
Denise Bloch A French jew, Denise was a British secret agent for the SOE. Her family was rounded up by the Gestapo in 1942 during the French occupation. Soon after, she spent 10 months learning to parachute, be a wireless operator etc. She was later dropped into central France where she sent 31 messages back to the SOE. In 1944, Denise was arrested & sent to Ravensbrück concentration camp where she suffered a great deal of hardship for nearly a year before being executed
Marianne Cohn, member of the Mouvement de la Jeunesse Sioniste and Jewish French resistant, also involved in the rescue of Jewish children and young people. In May, she was arrested along with 28 Jewish children under her care and interned.
Hannie Schaft, part of the Dutch resistance movement in WWII. She was arrested just 3 weeks before the end of the war. Her last words to her executioners, between the first and second bullets, were: "I shoot better than you." WOW via Joy Davis
John L. Withers, 91; Sheltered Two Young Victims of WWII
John Withers, a black WW II veteran risked a dishonorable discharge and the loss of his academic career in order to hide and save two dying Jewish teens he liberated from the Dachau Concentration Camp - they were reunited decades later