G.I. Nightingales: The Army Nurse Corps in World War II

TitleG.I. Nightingales: The Army Nurse Corps in World War II
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1996
AuthorsTomblin, Barbara Brooks
Number of Pages257
PublisherUniversity Press of Kentucky
CityLexington, KY

Many of the women in the Army Nurse Corps served in dangerous hospitals near the front lines - 201 nurses were killed by accident or enemy action, and another 1,600 won decorations for meritorious service. These nurses address the extreme difficulties of dealing with combat and its effects in World War II, and their stories are all the more valuable to women's and military historians because they tell of the war from a very different viewpoint than that of male officers. Carefully weaving together information from official sources and personal interviews, the author gives the first full-length account of the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in the Second World War. She describes how over 6,000 army nurses, all volunteers, cared for sick and wounded American soldiers in every theater of the war, serving in the jungles of the Southwest Pacific, the frozen reaches of Alaska and Iceland, the mud of Italy and northern Europe, or the heat and dust of the Middle East.

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