A hospital field worker, Richards received the Purple Heart and was posthumously awarded the War Cross of Military Valor by the Italian government. She wasn't alone.
More than 300 American Red Cross women died during World War I and more than 50 lost their lives during World War II in support of America's war effort.
American Red Cross women's service began with the Spanish-American War of 1898 and continues today. Red Cross women served with distinction during the Korean War, the Vietnam War and the Persian Gulf War.
During Red Cross and Women's History Month you, too, can be a hero. Donate blood in honor of Red Cross women who continue to serve in times of need. Your next opportunity to donate will be:
March 7 Adairville Elementary School located at 226 School Street in Adairville. Drive hours are 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
If you are at least 17 years of age, weigh a minimum of 110 pounds and are in good general health, you may be eligible to donate blood. All donors need to present positive identification. For more information or to schedule your blood donation appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE (1-800-448-3543).