Navy Nurses of World War II

When the Japanese attacked Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, the nurses of the U.S. Navy jumped into action, treating the first casualties and preventing further loss of life and limb. Although only 1700 nurses, both active duty and reserve combined, were serving at the start of the U.S. involvement in the war, there were over 11,000 by the Navy Nurse Corps’ peak strength in 1945. They were scattered across six continents, serving at naval hospitals, aboard hospital ships, and in the field. Some even entered into combat areas as flight nurses to retrieve the wounded, and two groups were captured as prisoners of war by the Japanese.

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