By Elise Viebeck - 05/26/12 06:08 PM EDT
Ahead of Memorial Day, a bipartisan group of senators praised the contribution of American women who volunteered with American Red Cross near and at the front lines during World War II.
The statement referred specifically to women who ran "Clubmobiles" — buses that provided troops with a place to eat and rest off the battlefield.
"The greatest generation serving our country on the front lines in World War II was not limited to one gender," said Sen. Barbara MikulskiBarbara MikulskiSanders gives blessing as Dems nominate Clinton Democrats nominate Hillary Clinton for president Civil rights, feminist icons formally nominate Clinton MORE (D-Md.), one of the measure's sponsors.
"The women of the American Red Cross Clubmobiles demonstrated courage, service and dedication to our country by providing critical support to our soldiers in uniform … I'm proud to recognize their commitment to our country this Memorial Day and every day."
Fifty-two Red Cross women were killed in WWII, and some had worked on Clubmobiles, according to a release.
A history on Clubmobile.org said that the vehicles "consisted of a good-sized kitchen with a built-in doughnut machine" and a kerosene stove for making 50-cup urns of coffee.
"In the back one-third of the clubmobile, was a lounge with a built-in bench on either side … a victrola with loud speakers, a large selection of up-to-date music records, and paperback books," the description read.
Clubmobiles were first deployed in Normandy and later spread throughout the European and Pacific theaters, a release stated.
"We are forever indebted to the courageous women who served as part of the American Red Cross Clubmobiles, valiantly providing crucial support to our heroic troops during World War II," Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) said.
"I could not be more pleased to join my Senate colleagues in recognizing these women who are an unending inspiration to us all."
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