Marjory Linheart Babinetz

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Born(1923-02-26)February 26, 1923
Masontown, Pennsylvania
DiedJuly 27, 1944(1944-07-27) (aged 21)
CitizenshipUnited States of America

Marjory Linheart Babinetz (February 26, 1923 — July 27, 1944) was the first servicewoman of the Women's Army Corps (WAC), to receive the Air Medal[1].


Babinetz was born in the Masontown, Pennsylvania February 26, 1923 on to Ukrainian immigrants from Dorobratovo in the Ukraine. She had high academic success and mastered five languages[2].

Military service

Babinetz joined the Women's Army Corps in November 1943 and served in the 4136th Strategic Wing of the United States Army Air Force.

In the summer of 1944, she worked as a radio operator and recruiter in WAC. During a an assignment encouraging enlistment into the WAC Babinetz was killed when the Douglas SBD Dauntless|A-24 "Banshee" aircraft she was a passenger in, crashed near Stillwater, Oklahoma.

Babinetz was postumously awarded the Air Medal, the first member of the WAC to receive this honor, for "meritorious achievements" connected with her enlistment work.[3].

She was buried with honors at Mount Airy Cemetery, Natrona Heights, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA[1].

It is assumed that she was the prototype of one of the characters of the 1951 American film G.I. Jane[2].


  1. 1.0 1.1 "Pvt Marjory Linheart Babinetz (1923-1944) - Find a..." Retrieved 2022-10-11.
  2. 2.0 2.1 Allen, Gene (1993). Voices on the wind : early radio in Oklahoma. Oklahoma City, Okla.: Published for the Oklahoma Heritage Association by Western Heritage Books. ISBN 0-86546-083-3. OCLC 29540738.
  3. "Honored Marjory Linheart Babinetz". Evening Tribune (Des Moines, Iowa). 1944.

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