The Army Heritage Center Foundation in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, has announced a gift of $1 million from Dorothy Beavers Pecora to complete an expansion of the Hall of the American Soldier at the U.S. Army Heritage and Education Center in Carlisle.
The largest gift in the foundation's history will be used to provide additional educational, program, and exhibit space at the center. The foundation hopes to raise $12 million by 2021 to complete the project.
Pecora joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during World War II and was assigned a range of duties, including serving as chief nurse in the Thirtieth Field Hospital Unit, a surgical hospital assigned to General George Patton's Third Army. In the spring of 1945, she was assigned to the medical teams that provided care for concentration camp survivors at Penig and Ebensee in Austria. She and her late husband, David V. Pecora, an Army surgeon, married just prior to the Normandy invasion and served in different medical units during the war.