Ironically, United States Army Brigadier General (Dr.) Rhonda Cornum's iconoclastic military legacy as a surviving 20th-century American female prisoner of war (POW) has proven to be the definitive fulcrum feminists, military historians, and politicians use to weigh in on the winning side of the long standing debate regarding military servicewomen's ability to successfully undergo the physical, mental, and emotional dangers of modern warfare and serve bravely in combat.

Educational and Military History

Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1954, Rhonda Cornum grew up in East Aurora, New York, near Buffalo. Cornum earned a Ph.D. in biochemistry and nutrition at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. She joined the Army in 1978 where she worked at an Army research facility in San Francisco, California. In 1982, Cornum attended ...

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