1st Lieutenant Bette Horstman
1st Lieutenant Bette Horstman studied physical therapy at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn. after graduating from the University of Michigan in 1943. She joined the Army in 1944 and was sent to Harmon General Hospital in Longview, Texas, for hands-on training. She completed Basic Training at Fort Lewis, Washington, before being stationed in Hawaii. Her first assignment as 1st Lieutenant was treating prisoners of war at Tripler General Hospital in Oahu. After her military service, she worked as a physical therapist for a suburban Chicago hospital and started her own physical therapy practice. She is a member of and has worked with both the Veterans of Foreign Wars Niles Memorial Post 3579 (Past Commander) and the American Legion Post 134 in Morton Grove. She’s also an active member of the Morton Grove Moose Lodge. Horstman was honored and returned from the Chicago Operation HerStory flight in October 2021, which was an all-women flight (Operation HerStory).