Where Aren’t They Now? 25 Overlooked Deaths Of 2018 (Pt. 1)

Where Aren't They Now? 25 Overlooked Deaths Of 2018 (Pt. 1)
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If you hadn't noticed, it was a bit of a busy year. The political arena was lit with fire, the weather decided to do literally the same thing, and something called Fortnite clutched our youth in its sinister tendrils.

So you'd be forgiven for forgetting how many important people died this year. Anthony Bourdain, Aretha Franklin, Stephen Hawking, freaking Burt Reynolds ... the swath of Death's scythe is far and wide. But there were also many notable souls who slipped under the radar in their passing, who made their own important contributions to our weird little planet. Every year around this time, we like to stop and salute them.

January 7: America's First Female General

Who?

Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays.

How?

Complications from a heart attack.

Her Story:

Little girls were never told they could grow up to be generals -- not in Anna Mae Hays' youth, anyway. So she wanted to be a nurse, one of the three jobs young ladies were taught were socially acceptable. Once she graduated, she signed up for the meat grinder of WWII and served as an Army nurse (her first choice, going to Juilliard to study music, was financially out of reach). She tended to the injured in the Chinese and Southern Asian theaters of the war for two years, learning unique survival skills such as burning leeches off of her skin and fending off cobras that ended up under her bed. She soon decided that she wanted to keep doing that forever.

This was followed by a seven-month stint at a field hospital during the Korean War, then she later built up the Army Nurse Corps in Vietnam. All of this led President Nixon to promote her to brigadier general in 1970, with her getting the stripes pinned on her uniform by none other than General William Westmoreland himself. She was the first woman to receive this honor.

Reflecting on her career of saving an incalculable number of lives in the worst conditions possible, Hays would say, "If I had to do it over again, I would do it longer." Goddamn.

January 20: Rosie The Riveter


Where Aren't They Now? 25 Overlooked Deaths Of 2018 (Pt. 1)

If you hadn’t noticed, it was a bit of a busy year. The political arena was lit with fire, the weather decided to do literally the same thing, and something called Fortnite clutched our youth in its sinister tendrils. So you’d be forgiven for forgetting how many important people died this year. Anthony Bourdain, Aretha Franklin, Stephen Hawking, freaking Burt Reynolds … the swath of Death’s scythe is far and wide. But there were also many notable souls who slipped under the radar in their passing, who made their own important contributions to our weird little planet. Every year around this time, we like to stop and salute them. January 7: America’s First Female General Who? Brigadier General Anna […]

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