When Mary J. Reppak was born on May 4, 1914, in Shelton, Connecticut, her father, Afton, was 26, and her mother, Annie, was 25. She had four siblings. Mary served in the military 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. Mary died on August 2, 1976, in Derby, Connecticut, at the age of 62 but her current burial place is unknown. She was never married.