#VeteranOfTheDay Mary V. Cowan Geffken


Today’s #VeteranOfTheDay is Army Veteran Mary V. Cowan Geffken. Mary served during World War II.

Mary joined Women’s Army Corps in 1943. After her basic training at Fort Devens, Massachussets, she was assigned to Pentagon’s “Secret Room,” where she transcribed messages from various war fronts. While assigned to the Pentagon, Mary was selected as the model for the most famous WAC recruiting poster of World War II, “Mine Eyes Have Seen The Glory,” painted by the artist Jes Wilhelm Schlaikjer.

After the war, Mary raised three children with her husband, U.S. Army World War II decorated Veteran Sgt. George Howard Geffken. She also worked as a radiology technician. She and George eventually retired to North Fort Myers, Florida. Her husband passed away in 2011 and is interred in Arlington National Cemetery, close to U.S. Army post Fort Myer where they had lived, and near the Pentagon where they both worked.

Thank you for your service, Mary!

Nominate a Veteran for #VeteranOfTheDay

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Graphic By Kierra Willis: Kierra Willis is a Graphic Communication Major at the University of Maryland University College. She currently has an AAS in Graphic Design and Visual Communications.


Natalie Himmel

Natalie Himmel is a senior at University of Iowa, majoring in English and International Studies with a focus on Global Resources and the Environment. She has published work for Iowa United Nations Association and Huffington Post. She currently serves as an Honors Writing Fellow for University of Iowa, the Vice President of UI’s European Horizon’s Chapter, and writes environmentally-focused content for Odyssey. She is also a Social Media Intern for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.


  1. Karen McKevitt    

    Thank you for this beautiful feature on my Grandmother. Today, May 9th, is her 96th Birthday.

  2. Robert Bostic    

    Thank you for your service -World War II Army Veteran Mary V. Cowan Geffken.

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