On December 2, 2015, the American Red Cross honored Julienne M. Daniels of Wilton, Connecticut with the prestigious Service to the Armed Forces Legacy Award. Julienne served with the Red Cross during World War II, as a Warehouse Director.
The award was presented during a special ceremony at The Greens in Wilton, in front of a crowd of close family and friends. Richard Branigan, Chief Program Officer, American Red Cross Connecticut and Rhode Island Region, presented the award on behalf of the Red Cross. “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. 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, Julienne 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 Julienne, her most rewarding duties involved helping GI’s 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,” said Daniels. “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.”
Philip Chapman, Retired, Red Cross National Office and current Red Cross volunteer, helped to coordinate the award for Julienne. “My wife and I had lunch with Col. Daniels and Julienne and started to learn the full story of her service,” Chapman said. “She had lost her records on her way back from serving in Europe at the end of her tour in Paris, she generously gave away her uniform and her trunk was stolen and she lost all of her records of her service. She had no records to show her children and grandchildren of her service to the Red Cross, so we wanted to be able to help.”
In addition to the time Julienne so generously gave to the Red Cross during World War II, she has also recently joined the Service to the Armed Forces: Our Legacy Continues project. This program will strive to capture the names of those who have served alongside the US military in combat peacekeeping, peacemaking and humanitarian missions, along with their stories and experiences of time spent in service to the armed forces.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org/ct or visit us on Twitter at @CTRedCross.