Rose Rieper Meier was born in 1903. She was the daughter of Charles A. Rieper and Emma Johnana Wicklein Rieper, and was married to Henry C. Meier. She had 6 siblings. Rose served in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant during World War II. She was one of the "Angels of Bataan and Corregidor” – the US Army and Navy Nurse Corps women who served in the Battle of the Philippines in 1941-42. When Bataan and Corregidor fell, 11 Navy nurses, 66 army nurses, and 1 nurse-anesthetist were captured and imprisoned in and around Manila. They continued to serve as nurses in various POW camps until they were finally liberated in February 1945. Rose died in 1990 and is now buried in the Mount Hope Cemetery, Hiawatha, Brown County, Kansas, USA with the rank of Captain on her headstone.