A moving account of the first nurse to die in World War II after the landings at Normandy. In October 1944, Frances Slanger couldn’t sleep as shells thudded beyond her 45th Field Hospital tent near the Belgium-German border. So, by flashlight, she wrote a letter honoring the American G.I., guys who, to her, weren’t just numbers on a dog tag. They were, she wrote, “somebody’s brother, somebody’s father, somebody’s son, brought in bloody, dirty with mud and grime, and most of them so tired.” She sent the letter to Stars & Stripes newspaper the next morning. That night, the Germans inexplicably shelled the field hospital and Slanger was among those killed. The newspaper published her letter. It melted the hearts of thousands of GIs. When they later learned of her death, they wrote to the newspaper insisting something must be done to remember this heroic woman. Months later, the finest hospital ship in the fleet was named in her honor.
Softcover, 5 x 8, 295 pgs.
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