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Updated: 06/24/2014 02:19:57PM

Celebrating ‘Rosies’ and women who served

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SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Betty Anderson Newell as a young truck driver in Columbus, Ohio, during World War II. She began driving a Mack truck when all the men went off to war.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Betty Anderson Newell attended the reception held by the Military Heritage Museum on Wednesday. As a young woman, she drove a Mack truck for a department store in Ohio.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Eleanor Purser was among the first group of women to attend Marine Corps boot camp at Camp LeJeune, N.C., in 1943.

SUN PHOTO BY AL HEMINGWAY

Lt. Col. Grace Chicken, USAF, logged more than 2,000 hours on C-54, C-46 and C-47 transport aircraft, while attending to the wounded from World War II and the Korean conflict.

By AL HEMINGWAY

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PUNTA GORDA — During World War II, when U.S. Army nurse Grace Chicken hopped on board a C-54 Skymaster plane to transport wounded soldiers, she didn’t know whether she should bring a bathing suit or a parka.

Chicken said there were northern and southern routes flown as many as four times a week.

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