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A Soldier's Story: Lieutenant Colonel Juanita Redmond Hipps - WWII - Veteran

Lieutenant Colonel Juanita Redmond Hipps was born July 1, 1912, in Swansea SC.  She received her nurse's training from the South Carolina State Hospital. She entered the Army Nurses Corps in 1936 and was initially stationed at the Hot Springs Army Hospital.

She was transferred to Manilla and served in the hospitals at Bataan and Corregidor, being one of only eight nurses that managed to escape prior to the surrender of Corregidor.

She assisted in the establishing the US Air Corps Flight Nurse Program.

For her actions during WWII, she received a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, and three Presidential Unit Citations.

LTC Hipps wrote about her experiences in her book "I served on Bataan", which was later used as the basis for the movie "So Proudly We Hail".

She married retired General William Hipps, and their son William Jr. was born in 1949.

After her retirement, she kept herself busy as a member of the St. Petersburg Women's Club, Welcome Wagon Club, Suncoast A…

A Soldier's Story: Major Edwin P. Hubble - WWI - Veteran

Major Edwin Powell Hubble was born November 20, 1889, in Marshfield MO, to John Powell and Virginia Lee (nee James) Hubble.  
He loved science fiction books,  his favorite being 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea.
Athletic, he broke the Illinois State High Jump record in High School.
Went to the University of Chicago, graduating in 1910. Moving on to Oxford, he graduated in 1913, after studying philosophy and received his Jurisprudence.
Returning to the University of Chicago, he graduated with a doctorate in Astronomy.  
He postponed a position at the Mount Wilson Observatory, which contained the worlds largest telescope, to enlist during WWI, obtaining the rank of Major in the 86th Infantry. 
He was deployed in September 1918, returning August 1919. The 86th Infantry remained near Bordeaux and never saw combat.
After his discharge, he worked at the Mount Wilson Observatory until 1942.   He left to work at the Aberdeen Proving Ground during WWII, (as a civilian).
After the war Major Hubble…