Mary J. Herrera knew from a young age that she wanted to enlist in the military. She was raised in Somerton, Arizona, as a devout Catholic and strong patriot. Her grandparents taught her to always appreciate the opportunities of living in a free country.
Herrera enlisted to become an Army MP (Military Police). Before her time, Herrera said that MPs handled small-scale, local conflicts but that the role had increased to where “the MPs [were] engaged in military support missions, going on patrols and handling EPWs (enemy prisoners of war).”
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