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Colonel Ruby Bradley to be portrayed at WVU Parkersburg to celebrate Womenís History month
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Parkersburg, W.Va. 3/5/12 Ė Colonel Ruby G. Bradley (1907-2002), WWII and Korean War Army Nurse, will be portrayed by Becky Park of Charleston at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 6 at West Virginia University at Parkersburg. The presentation is free and open to the public and is part of the West Virginia Humanities Councilís History Alive! program of the West Virginia Humanities Council. It will take place in the main campus theatre and via videoconference in room 206 at the Jackson County Center.
When Bradley retired from the U.S. Army in 1963 she was the most decorated woman in American military history. A native of Spencer, W.Va., she was captured by the Japanese in the Philippines in 1941 and was a POW until 1945. She continued her work as a nurse in the prison camp. She was named chief nurse for the Eighth Army in 1951 and supervised over 500 nurses in Korea. She attained the rank of Colonel in 1958.
Bradley is one of the many available character presentations offered through the West Virginia Humanities Councilís History Alive! program as a means of exploring history by interacting with noteworthy historical figures. These programs provide audiences with the opportunity to question those who have shaped our history. Historical characterization is the vehicle for this program. Humanities scholars have carefully researched a variety of sources about the figures they portray such as journals, letters, official documents, speeches, autobiographies and research by other scholars in developing their presentation.
This program is sponsored by WVU Parkersburg's Social Justice Committee in observance of Women's History Month. The West Virginia Humanities Council is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing educational programs in the humanities for all West Virginians.
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