Saturday, April 6, 2013

10999. Sarah Elizabeth McDonald


We've covered women in the military, right? Well, partially right. I was hoping I might meet someone like Sarah to further my thoughts.

World War II brought women directly into the armed forces, or at least the female counterparts to the Amry, Navy, Marines and Coast Guard; they've since been integrated into the main forces in many ways, if not fully in combat.

Before that time, though, they served in the more traditional role of nursing (and even doctoring, going back to the Civil War). Sarah "Served in the World War with the Army Nurse Corps, U.S.A. May 13, 1917 to April 2, 1919 at British Base Hospital No. 2 Etretat, France; With Mobile Hospital No. 2, American Expeditionary Forces in France and with the American Army of Occupation in Germany."

It's safe to say Sarah saw the war; she joined the Nurse Corps one month after the United States formally entered the conflict and stayed with it for five months beyond the moment the final shot was fired. She probably had an overflow of stories to tell about her experiences, but sadly died less than a decade later, at 40 years old.

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