FORT KNOX, Ky. — In observation of Women’s History Month, U.S. Army Human Resources Command hosted a Women’s History Prayer Luncheon in Cavalry Chapel March 18, featuring a local Christian author as the keynote speaker.
Hallee Bridgeman writes action-packed suspense novels focusing on realistic characters who face real-world problems. Bridgeman discussed her research into the lives of the real female heroines from World War II who became the inspiration for her latest series of fictional books.
The series is about a team of female operatives who rescue one of their team members from a Nazi prison in occupied France in 1941. Each book includes a chapter at the end that tells the true story of the heroine who inspired the character in that particular book.
The real heroines Bridgeman discussed, from around the world, were Didi Nearne, Josephine Baker, Dodo Barry, Cecile Pearl Cornioley, Nancy Grace Wake, Marte Cohn, Florene Miller Watson and Hedy Larmarr. They served as civilians during the war, often without pay, in a number of roles, including as spies, pilots and couriers. Some parachuted into France and were captured, beaten and tortured before they managed to escape.