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Nancy Wake
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Military Personnel
    (August 30, 1912-August 7, 2011)
    Raised in Sydney, Australia
    Journalist turned freedom fighter for the Allied Resistance in France during World War II
    Nicknamed 'The White Mouse' by the Gestapo for skill at eluding capture
    Awarded the U.S. Medal of Freedom, the George Medal, the Médaille de la Résistance and 3 Croix de Guerre medals (Allies' most decorated WW II servicewoman)
    Subject of the Peter Fitzsimons book 'Nancy Wake: A Biography of Our Greatest War Heroine' (2001)
    She ran away from home at sixteen.
    As a young reporter she traveled Europe and led 'a glamorous life of parties.'
    She married a wealthy French businessman.
    When the Nazis put a 5 million franc price on her head she fled France without her husband.
    Parachuting back into France during a raid she got caught in a tree.
    When her agent stated, 'I hope all trees could bear such beautiful fruit' she told him not to give her 'that French shit.'
    The Australian government never gave her a medal because she was born in New Zealand.
    When she was a girl her father left the family and sold their house, leaving her mother bitter.
    In Vienna she witnessed Hitler's brownshirts whipping Jews, an image causing her to take action.
    She killed one German sentry with her bare hands.
    Her proudest act was riding a bicycle more than 100 miles through several German checkpoints to replace destroyed radio codes.
    She found out after the war that the Gestapo tortured and killed her husband when he refused to tell of her activities.
    One of her comrades summed her up, 'She is the most feminine woman I know, until the fighting starts. Then, she is like five men.'

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