Photos of WWII Army Nurses

Army nurse Betty Evans

More than 59,000 American nurses served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. Nurses worked closer to the front lines than they ever had before. They served under fire in field hospitals and evacuation hospitals, on hospital trains and hospital ships, and as flight nurses on medical transport planes. The skill and dedication of these nurses contributed to the extremely low post-injury mortality rate among American military forces in every theater of the war. Overall, fewer than 4 percent of the American soldiers who received medical care in the field or underwent evacuation died from wounds or disease.

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Army nurse Betty Evans writes her report

Nurse Betty Evans writes her report. 8 April 1942, Iceland.

Army nurse attending patient at Camp Forrest, Tenn

Nurse attending patient at Camp Forrest, Tenn. 22 Sept. 1941.

Army Nurse Blanche E. Ellis and T/Sgt. George F. Slayton

Army Nurse Blanche E. Ellis and T/Sgt. George F. Slayton arrange sterile gloves at 21st General Hospital, Ft. Benning, GA. 20 May 1942.

Walter Reed Hospital

Maj. Gen. Gregory, Quartermaster General, with Lt. Alice Montgomery, Lt. Josephine Etz, and Lt. Leophile Bouchard, of Walter Reed Hospital.

Representatives of the Army Nurse Corps

Representatives of the Army Nurse Corps from the nine Army Corps Areas meet in Washington to discuss recruiting of Army nurses, April 1942.

Army Nurses shown waiting their turn to get breakfast

Army Nurses shown waiting their turn to get breakfast. Nurses are fed "Cafeteria Style"; their food is given to them exclusive of their salary. Ft. Benning, GA 21 July 1941.

Nurses of a field hospital

Nurses of a field hospital who arrived in France via England and Egypt after three years service. August 12, 1944.

Nurse Betty Evans checks thermometers

Nurse Betty Evans checks thermometers. 8 April 1942, Iceland.