A nurse holding a lamp as she visits patients on a ward at Westminster Hospital, December 1940.

A nurse holding a lamp as she visits patients on a ward at Westminster Hospital, December 1940.

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(1969) 1st LT Sharon A Lane, U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserve  United States Army. She was killed by a North Vietnamese rocket on June 8, 1969 while attending to her patients at 312th Evac Hospital, Chu Lai, South Vietnam. Lt. Lane was the only American servicewoman killed as a direct result of enemy fire throughout the war in Southeast Asia.

(1969) 1st LT Sharon A Lane, U.S. Army Nurse Corps Reserve United States Army. She was killed by a North Vietnamese rocket on June 8, 1969 while attending to her patients at 312th Evac Hospital, Chu Lai, South Vietnam. Lt. Lane was the only American servicewoman killed as a direct result of enemy fire throughout the war in Southeast Asia.

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On 24 Sept. 1944, 1st Lt. Mary Louise Hawkins was evacuating 24 patients from the fighting at Palau to Guadalcanal when the C-47 made a forced landing. During the landing, a propeller tore through the fuselage and severed the trachea of one patient. She made a suction tube from various items including the inflation tube from a Mae West, keeping the man’s throat clear of blood for 19 hours. All of her patients survived. For her actions, she received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

On 24 Sept. 1944, 1st Lt. Mary Louise Hawkins was evacuating 24 patients from the fighting at Palau to Guadalcanal when the C-47 made a forced landing. During the landing, a propeller tore through the fuselage and severed the trachea of one patient. She made a suction tube from various items including the inflation tube from a Mae West, keeping the man’s throat clear of blood for 19 hours. All of her patients survived. For her actions, she received the Distinguished Flying Cross.

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A wounded Belgian soldier with a British nurse undergoing convalescence during World War One, Great Britain, circa 1914-1918.

A wounded Belgian soldier with a British nurse undergoing convalescence during World War One, Great Britain, circa 1914-1918.

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