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Veterans Day 2012

veterans day 2012

Much gratitude, much love is felt on Veterans Day for all Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, and the endless freedoms they make possible each day.

Deborah Samson: An American Soldier

Much gratitude is felt today on Veterans Day for all of our Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsmen, and the endless freedoms they make possible.

Statue of Deborah Samson, Revolutionary War Soldier

An early combat veteran of note is Deborah Samson, who fought in the Revolutionary War. Disguised as a man, Ms. Samson enlisted in and fought beside the men of the Fourth Massachusetts Regiment as Robert Shurtleff.

Deborah was an avid reader who was greatly interested in politics and the War, and her very tall-for-its-day 5’8″ frame was a remarkably sturdy one due to years of hard farm work. She was skilled in combat, and was twice wounded but tended to her own wounds. Though accounts vary of how her true identity was discovered, it was and in 1783 she was discharged honorably.

After the war Deborah lectured on her military experiences. Denied a military pension due to her sex, in 1804 her friend Paul Revere intervened successfully on her behalf, requesting that Congress grant her one.

The General Court of Massachusetts verified her service and wrote that she “exhibited an extraordinary instance of female heroism by discharging the duties of a faithful gallant soldier, and at the same time preserving the virtue and chastity of her sex, unsuspected and unblemished.” (Source: National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Massachusetts Chapter)

Veteran Deborah Samson (often misspelled as “Sampson”) is the Official Heroine of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and in the town of Sharon she is memorialized with several historical markers, such as the Deborah Samson Statue in front of the public library (seen here).