WASHINGTON, Oct. 13, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Following is the daily "Profile America" feature from the U.S. Census Bureau:
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13: MOLLY PITCHER
Profile America — Saturday, October 13th. One of America's first women heroes was born on this date in 1754. Her name was Mary Hays, but she became known as Molly Pitcher during the Revolutionary War. While carrying water to soldiers at the battle of Monmouth in New Jersey, she saw that her husband had collapsed from heatstroke, and took over the loading and firing of his cannon. Her bravery under fire so impressed General George Washington that he issued a warrant for her as a noncommissioned officer. After that, she was affectionately known as "Sergeant Molly." There are just over 1.4 million members of the U.S. Armed Forces, 205,500 of them women. In addition, nearly190,000 women are in the ready reserve. You can find more facts about America from the U.S. Census Bureau, online at www.census.gov.
Sources: Chase's Calendar of Events 2012, p. 505
Statistical Abstract of the United States 2012, t. 510, 514
Profile America is produced by the Center for New Media and Promotions of the U.S. Census Bureau. These daily features are available as produced segments, ready to air, on a monthly CD or on the Internet at http://www.census.gov (look for "Multimedia Gallery" by the "Newsroom" button).
SOURCE U.S. Census Bureau