Lt. Colonel Ruth M. Briggs

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Ruth Mary Briggs

Death: Died
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Daughter of Ralph M. Briggs and Frances Heard Babcock

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About Lt. Colonel Ruth M. Briggs

Ruth Mary Briggs (December 7, 1910 – July 2, 1985) was born in Hopkinton, Rhode Island. She served as a lieutenant colonel in the Women's Army Corps (WAC) and as secretary to General Walter Bedell Smith.

Briggs graduated officer candidate school at Fort Des Moines and was commissioned as a second lieutenant on August 29, 1942. She was one of the first five WAC officers sent to North Africa in 1942. Though they were rescued, Briggs and the four other WACs received an inglorious welcome to the North African theater as the ship upon which they were sailing was torpedoed and sunk during the night.

In 1966 Briggs was the Republican nominee for U.S. Senator for Rhode Island. She was defeated by Democrat Claiborne Pell.

Note: her photo is included with attached article that speculates about a possible marriage to Elliott Roosevelt (the President's son).


Lt. Col. Ruth M. Briggs was one of the first women sent abroad as an officer in World War II.

Colonel Briggs, then a captain, arrived in England in November 1942, one of five who made up the first contingent of the Women's Army Corps to go overseas. She became the secretary to Lieut Gen. Walter Bedell Smith, chief of staff for Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower at Supreme Allied Headquarters.

A native of Hopkinton, R.I., she attended Coker College in Hartsville, S.C., and earned a master's degree in political science from Columbia University in New York.

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Age 75