Mary Louise Benham Prange was respected on Friday for the military help that took her across the world and also for taking part in some of World War II's greatest fights. 

Prange's family was in the De Pere office of U.S. Congressman Mike Gallagher, R-Wisconsin, to acknowledge the seven decorations for her sake from the United States. 

“Our family is going to be treasuring these medals and accommodations for generations to come, and she kind of set the standard for service to our country and our family to be honest with you,” her son Mike Prange said.

Prange left the military with the position of first lieutenant, the most noteworthy position a lady could accomplish at that point, as indicated by her family. 

Brought into the world in 1920 in Grand Rapids, Michigan, she died in 1988 incapable to encounter this day. 

She was in the third auxiliary nurse of the United States Army Nurse Corps, joining the military to help her siblings. After the bombarding of Pearl Harbor by the Japanese in December of 1941, she was selected and sent abroad. 

Prange's family conceded she didn't talk a lot about her abroad experience, which remembered participating in the battle of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge. 

Senator Gallagher, who gave the family the awards, recognized its significant stories like Prange's are perceived.

Below is lists of the awards Prange received.

• American Defense Service Medal

• Women’s Army Corps Service Medal

• European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and Bronze Arrowhead device, one Silver Service Star, and two Bronze Service Stars

• World War II Victory Medal

• Army of Occupation Medal with Germany Clasp

• Meritorious Unit Communication

• Honorable Service Lapel Button WWII


May 12, 2023

Natasha Osei

Passionate Nurse Practitioner | People person
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