Army Flight Nurse Mary Louise Hawkins

Army Flight Nurse Mary Louise Hawkins

1st Lt. Mary Louise Hawkins was an army flight nurse during WWII who received the Distinguished Flying Cross for keeping 24 patients alive following a forced landing on Bellona Island, until aid arrived 19 hours later. Her heroic efforts included constructing a makeshift suction tube to keep one patient’s throat clear of blood after his trachea had been severed by a propeller during the landing.

Photo size: 1385 × 1800
Photo source: U.S. Air Force
Usage: Public Domain

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