Mary Walker was a doctor during the Civil War. She treated wounded soldiers at field hospitals and later as a surgeon for the War Department. In 1864, she was captured and held as a prisoner of war for four long months. A year after her release, President Andrew Johnson awarded her the nation’s highest military award— the Medal of Honor.
Two years before she died, the medal was rescinded due to her civilian status, but Dr. Walker— knowing her own worth— refused to return it. She hung that symbol of her bravery and sacrifice proudly around her neck and wore it until the day she died.
Sixty years later and long after she was gone, the honor was posthumously restored to her, and she remains the only female ever to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor.
Doctor Walker is just one among thousands of American female glass breakers. In fact, glass shatters every day in this country as women prove again and again the limitlessness of their potential for achievement and their aptitude for leadership and discovery. That potential has been exhibited for many years at Georgia Military College.
In honor of Women’s History Month, Georgia Military College is proud to remember the women who have made history right here at home, and continue to do so today. Some key dates and achievements among GMC females:
-1979, Roxanne Renner became the first female Cadet battalion Executive Officer
-1984, Kathy Durden Clark became the first High School Battalion Commander
-1999, Jill Gooch Moss became the first Junior College Battalion Commander
-2006, Heather Stacy became the first Regimental Commander.
These women, and countless others since, have shattered the glass ceiling at this institution and continue to catapult GMC forward. These leaders, through tenacity and an unwavering commitment to our core values of duty, honor, and country, proved that GMC is a place where there are no limits to what women can achieve and be recognized for their leadership.