Ann Agnes Bernatitus. United State Navy nurse. She became the first American recipient of the Legion of Merit (legionnaire) for her heroism during the siege of Bataan and Corregidor from December 1941 through April 1942.
"Symbol of Life - The Caduceus, worn by the Army Nurse, symbolizes life for our wounded, hope for our homes; a future, not just a past for these fighting men. Ten thousand registered nurses are needed at once for a glorious service of mercy -- gratefully received by all who need it. - US Army Nurse Corps" ~ WWII era nursing recruitment poster, ca. 1940s.