For her heroic efforts to save the life of a drowning soldier (Pfc. Falvius M Hopkins) Pfc. Mary Jane Ford, 23, has been awarded the Soldier's Medal. Mary is only the second WAC to be decorated with this medal and the only one in the USA.
Unfortunately, even with Mary's heroic attempt Pfc. Hopkins didn't survive.
Mary is the daughter of Maj. Byington Ford, Executive officer of Dayton Army Air Field.
YANK 11 Aug 1944