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"They wanted to prove that we could be as tough as the males, so they worked us pretty hard." (Video interview, 2:20)

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   Joanne D. Palella
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Joanne Palella, 2003
War: Persian Gulf War, 1991
Branch: Army
Unit: VII Corps, Manheim, Germany Division
Service Location: United States; Germany; Persian Gulf
Rank: E-5
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A troubled teenager growing up in suburban Chicago, Joanne Palella decided that the U.S. Army would offer some structure in her life. The Army trained her as a truck driver, a specialist in ammunition and explosives, and a military police officer, skills she employed when she served in the Persian Gulf War. Now a civilian teacher, Palella is grateful for the education she received while serving her country.

Interview (Video)
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»Complete Interview  (45 min.)

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