Just four of thousands of Los Angeles County women who served in the U.S. military:
Top Left: U.S. Air Force Lt. General Stayce Harris of Los Angeles (USAF photo). In 2001, first African American woman to command a flying squadron;
Top Right: U.S. Army Command Sergeant Major Delia Quintero of Los Angeles, with 82nd Airborne Division (photo by Spc. David Nye);
Bottom Left: U.S. Navy Petty Officer 2 Natalia Grijalva of North Hollywood, on the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Ronald Reagan (photo by PO3 Shawn Stewart);
Bottom Right: U.S. Marine Corps Recruit Ana Martinez of Los Angeles, training on Parris Island, South Carolina (photo by Cpl. Caitlin Brink).
The U.S. Census estimates that, in 2022, there were 194,745 civilian U.S. military veterans living in Los Angeles County. Of that number, 17,450, or 9 percent, were women. Women veterans in Los Angeles County made up the sixth largest female veteran population among U.S. counties (following Maricopa County, Arizona, Bexar County, Texas, San Diego County, Clark County, Nevada, and Harris County, Texas).
Photo from the Los Angeles Times Photographic Archive at UCLA Library.
1942. At the start of America's involvement in World War II, these were the first women from the Los Angeles area accepted for officer training in the Women's Army Auxiliary Corps (WAAC) . Captain Robert L. Woods administers the oath to (left to right) Madelyn Miller, Anna W. Wilson, Dorothea Wilson, Emily Davis, Kathryn Johnson and Emily Hathaway.