And If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II

TitleAnd If I Perish: Frontline U.S. Army Nurses in World War II
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication2003
AuthorsMonahan, Evelyn M., and Rosemary Neidel-Greenlee
Number of Pages514
CityNew York

This volume tells the galvanizing narrative of the wartime role played by U.S. Army nurses from the invasion of North Africa to the bloody Italian campaign to the decisive battles in France and the Rhineland. More than 59,000 nurses volunteered to serve in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps alone: 217 lost their lives (16 by enemy action), and more than 1,600 were decorated for meritorious service and bravery under fire. But their stories have rarely been heard. Now, drawing on never-before-published eyewitness accounts, the authors tell the stories of the front lines, to the withering fire on the beaches of Anzio and Normandy, and to the field and evacuation hospitals, as well as bombed and burned hospital ships. 

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