Kickass Woman Of The Day: Doris Baker Is One Of The World’s Only Honorary Green Berets

Doris Baker, a 97-year-old Virginia Beach woman, spent decades teaching the children of US Special Forces soldiers at their base in Bad Toelz, Germany after World War II. On Wednesday, she became an honorary Green Beret for her hard work, which is a title only 10 people hold. A ceremony with full military honors was held for her at the retirement community in which she now lives. Baker signed up to teach abroad when she discovered that the Michigan school where she’d been working paid women less than men. The school in Germany, which served the 10th Special Forces group, was extremely close to one of the largest SS training camps. In addition to teaching, she became a major emotional resource to her students and their families when the soldiers were away. Even the high-ranking leaders on the base referred to Baker as an officer in charge, and dozens of Green Berets who lived on the base during Baker’s tenure affirmed their support for her nomination to receive the honor. Over the years, she rose to become the principal of the school on the base. If her storied teaching career wasn’t amazing enough, she’s also an accomplished photographer whose images of the Cold War have been applauded and exhibited. She also published a book called “The Originals,” the only book about Green Berets written by a woman. Basically, we should all want to be her when we grow up. Congratulations, Doris! [UPI, WTVR] [Image via WTVR]