Ecaterina Teodoroiu(January 15, 1894 - September 3, 1917)
In October 1916, she joined the Romanian Army during the first battle of Jiu, where General Ion Dragalina's 1st Army repulsed the 9th German Army offensive. As a Scouts' member, she had initially worked as a nurse but she subsequently decided to become a front-line soldier, being deeply impressed by the patriotism of the wounded and by the death of her brother Nicolae (Sergeant in the Romanian Army). It was an unusual decision for a woman of that epoch, so she was sent to the front rather reluctantly. However, soon she proved her worthiness as a symbol and as a soldier. She was taken prisoner but managed to escape by killing two, or perhaps three German soldiers. In November, she was wounded and hospitalized, but came back to the front where she was soon decorated, advanced in rank to Sublocotenent (Second Lieutenant) and given the command of a 25-man platoon.
For her bravery she was awarded the Military Virtue Medal, 1st Class.
On September 3, 1917 , she was killed in the Muncelu-Varnița area, during the last phase of the Battle of Mărășești , where she was hit in the chest by German machine gun fire. According to some accounts, her last words before dying were: "Forward, men, I'm still with you!"