The Association of the United States Army (AUSA), West/Central Alabama Chapter is hosting a luncheon to honor Walker at the Tuscaloosa River Market on Feb. 28. The event is open to the public.
“Since the early beginnings of our country, women have always played a key role in our military. Dr. Walker is only one of thousands of women that have served our country proudly. Today, we salute them with the dignity and respect they have earned,” said Ltc. Col. Nicolas Britto, President, AUSA, West/Central Alabama.
About Dr. Mary Walker
In November 1865, President Andrew Johnson, upon the recommendation of Major Generals George H. Thomas and William T. Sherman, awarded the Medal of Honor to Dr. Mary Walker. In 1917, the Army rescinded Walker’s medal because she was not a soldier. During that time, women were not allowed to serve in the military; however, many women dressed as men and fought in the Civil War. Dr. Walker was held captive as a POW for four months at a confederate POW camp.
On June 10, 1977, President Jimmy Carter posthumously reinstated Walker’s medal. Today, more than 3,500 men have received the Congressional Medal of Honor, but Walker is the only woman to receive the honor. The upcoming luncheon marks the first time Dr. Walker has been honored in the State of Alabama.
Local Honorees to be Recognized
The following women will be honored at the luncheon because of their outstanding excellence and dedication to their profession and the achievement of women: Major General Sheryl E. Gordon, Adjutant General of the State of Alabama; Jennifer H. Henderson, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge, Northern District of Alabama, Western Division; Dr. Cathy Randall, Chairman of the Board of Pettus Randall Holdings and former Chairman of the Board of Randall Publishing Company; Wendy Harris, Division Manager Tuscaloosa Parks and Recreation Authority and local Sports Historian; and Cheryl H. Morrow, Assistant Principal, Hillcrest High School.
Hillcrest High School’s Female Army Junior ROTC cadets will conduct the luncheon’s program. The Hillcrest High School All-Woman Choir and the Jazz Band will provide entertainment.