Special Online Exhibit: The Baghdad Diaries
In conjunction with the Women’s Memorial Foundation’s commemoration of Women’s History Month 2009, the Foundation is pleased to present a special online exhibit, The Baghdad Diaries.
When terrorists attacked the United States on September 11, 2001, over 15 percent of America’s military personnel were women. They served in nearly every rank, unit and echelon of the force, and filled critical warfighting positions. It was not surprising that women were among the first servicemembers to deploy in America’s response to the attacks, the Global War on Terror. Communication with friends and family was different from previous wars, when members of the military relied on snail mail and rare phone calls to keep in touch. In the War on Terror, Internet, e-mail and accessible telephone service improved the speed and frequency of communication for many servicewomen.
This one-of-a-kind online exhibit provides an up-close and personal look into the life and service of a Marine Corps master gunnery sergeant, who served five months with the Coalition Provisional Authority in Baghdad, Iraq, in 2003. The exhibit features the personal e-mail correspondence and candid photographs of MGySgt Rosemarie Weber who used e-mail to tell friends and family about her daily life during her deployment to Baghdad.
MGySgt Weber retired from the Marine Corps in 2006 after 25 years of service.
Click on the image below to enter the online exhibit.