WILTON, Conn. – The American Red Cross recently honored Julienne Daniels, of Wilton, with the prestigious Service to the Armed Forces Legacy Award.
Daniels served with the Red Cross during World War II as a warehouse director.
Richard Branigan, chief program officer for the American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region, presented the award.
“This certificate of recognition is presented to Julienne M. Daniels dedicated service to the U.S. armed forces deployed in support of military operations in Europe during World War II," he said. "Your support of the American Red Cross Service to the Armed Forces mission and your service under difficult circumstances is to be commended and is hereby recognized with gratitude and respect.”
During World War II, Daniels served with the Red Cross in England, France and Germany. Her time serving the Red Cross was filled with varied and sometimes dangerous experiences, including, crossing minefields, running warehouses and aiding the dying.
According to Daniels, her most rewarding duties involved helping soldiers correspond with their loved ones back home.
“I would help the GI's write letters home telling of wounds and anxieties, offering divorce or breaking engagements. Discouraging replies were rarely received,” she said. “It was amazingly heartening. When thinking and talking of my service, all these memories come to mind; they are the most and best poignant recollections of the past.”
In addition to the time Daniels gave to the Red Cross during World War II, she also recently joined the Service to the Armed Forces: Our Legacy Continues project. This program strives to capture the names of those who have served alongside the U.S. military in combat peacekeeping, peacemaking and humanitarian missions, along with their stories and experiences of time spent in service to the armed forces.
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