Hundreds of United States nurses underwent a toughening up course in preparation for the opening of the second front, where their job would be to follow the troops of liberation and establish hospital units. Lieutenant Louise Erman throwing her Ju-Jitsu instructor Major Strom during an unarmed combat class.
Mabel Keaton Staupers was an advocate for racial equality in the field of nursing. Staupers served as the secretary of the National Associated of Graduate Colored Nurses. She advocated for the introduction of African American nurses into the Army and Navy during WWII. In 1945, she won the fight and all nurses, regardless of race, were to be included in the military. In 1950, Staupers dissolved the NAGCN as it re-aligned with the American Nursing Association
Lou Shabner, February 1952. Lou Shabner was already an accomplished glamour artist in his native England for 25-plus years before becoming one of Brown and Bigelow's last pin-up painters. He often worked in gouache on board, but was just as comfortable using other mediums. He specialized in calender portraits.
The flight nurses who served in World War II were brave and innovative. Author Sarah Sundin shares about the WWII flight nurses on Mona Hodgson's blog, plus a giveaway of Sarah's WWII flight nurse novel, In Perfect Time. Giveaway September 3, 2014 only! (Photo: Flight nurses at Bowman Field, Kentucky; USAF photo)