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"We waded ashore, across the beach, and climbed up the now well-worn paths to the top of the cliff, where the nurses regrouped to await orders…" (Memoir, page 3)

   Ruth M. Haddick Dorsman
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Ruth Dorsman outside tent in fatigues [ca. 1944]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Nurse Corps
Unit: 58th General Hospital; 51st Field Hospital
Service Location: Fort Eustis, Virginia; Camp Livingston, Louisiana; Fort Dix, New Jersey; Liverpool and Cheddar, England; Omaha Beach, Paris, and Reims, France; Belgium; Cologne and Berleburg, Germany; Fort Des Moines, Iowa; Fort Francis E. Warren, Wyoming
Rank: First Lieutenant
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In 1941, Edna Haddick Dorsman was in her senior year of nursing school. Following Pearl Harbor—and her brother’s entrance into the Army Air Corps—she decided to join up. Initially assigned to a general hospital, she yearned to be part of a field unit. Orders finally came through to join the 51st Field Hospital, and she arrived at Omaha Beach six days after D-Day. In her memoir, Dorsman describes the physical setup and daily operation of a field hospital, as they “leap-frogged” across France keeping up with the front lines. She also relates the tremendous workload she and her fellow nurses faced, with 30 to 50 gravely ill patients assigned to each nurse during any given twelve-hour shift.

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