Mercedes O. Cubría, An Officer and A Gentlewoman

April 15, 1903 is the birthday of Mercedes O. Cubría (1903-1980).  Cubría was the first Cuban born woman to achieve the rank of US Army officer.  During World War II, she served as codes officer in England, and during the Korean War, she served in Japan as an intelligence officer.  Known as “La Tía” (The Aunt) for her work with Cuban refugees, she helped the new arrivals find jobs and housing.

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