Doris Gilbert is one of the most incredible women I have ever met. When I heard her story I was in awe of her bravery. Doris was only 13, when she saw the sign reading "Uncle Sam Wants You" and thought, why not?
She lied about her age, and made her way into the Army where she practiced medicine for two years at Ft. Myer Virginia during WWII. She was almost 16 when she was let go from the Army by General Dwight D. Eisenhower for being too young, but he left her with the words, "go home, and grow up, we need soldiers like you."
I have to agree with Eisenhower. Someone so brave at such a young age, seemingly fearless is exactly the kind of soldier I want defending my country. This amazing woman resides here in the Panhandle, and I consider myself lucky to have met her. What an inspiration to women everywhere!
Mrs. Gilbert has been permanently added to my list of role models. The courage, grace, and kind spirit she possesses will stick with me always. Hers is one of the many stories I love to tell when I look back on the Texas Panhandle Honor Flight.