Elza Medeiros

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Elza Cansanção Medeiros
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Nickname(s) Major Elza
Born October 21, 1921 (1921-10-21)
Died December 8, 2009 (2009-12-09) (aged 88)
Rio de Janeiro
Allegiance  Brazil
Service/branch Brazilian Army
Years of service 1943 - 1976
Rank Major
Unit Brazilian Expeditionary Force (FEB)
Commands held Health Detachment Chief-nurse
Battles/wars World War II

Elza Cansanção Medeiros or Major Elza (October 21, 1921- December 8, 2009) was a Brazilian Army officer and World War II veteran. She was the highest-ranking female officer in the Brazilian Army with the rank of Major. She went to Italy during the war along with the Brazilian Expeditionary Force as a nurse.

She used to lecture about the Brazilian participation in World War II.

Elza Cansanção Medeiros died on December 8, 2009, in Rio de Janeiro.[1]

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