Trailblazing army colonel laid to rest in Tucson

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- She paved the way for women in the military, etching her name on a long list of firsts.

On this Memorial Day friends of retired U.S. Army Colonel Clotilde Dent Bowen gathered at East Lawn Cemetery to say goodbye.

Dr. Clotilde dent Bowen described her life by using the popular phrase, "Been there, done that!"

Raised by an uncle who was a Buffalo Soldier at Fort Huachuca, friends say determination was in Dr. Bowen's blood.

Before retiring in Tucson, she spent decades dedicating her life to others.

"She absolutely dedicated her life to everybody.  It didn't matter who they were, it didn't matter what their stature was, she did everything she could humanly possibly do," said Bowen's friend Micki Athans.

She was the first black woman to graduate from the Ohio state university college of medicine and the first woman doctor in the U.S. Army.

"She was the first woman to do just about anything a first woman could do," said Athans.

Friends call it fitting the retired army colonel be buried on this Memorial Day.

The row of red roses lining Dr. Bowen's casket, one last token of appreciation for a one of kind woman who won't soon be forgotten.

"She was an amazing lady, everybody loved her and there will never be another one like her," said Athans.

Dr. Bowen passed away in March, but friends waited to bury her until the holiday. She was 88 years old.