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"They said if you didn't get sick crossing the Atlantic, you sure get sick when you cross the English Channel. Heck, it never fazed me." (Audio interview, 19:18)

   Lille Margaret Steinmetz Magette
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Lille Magette in nurse's uniform [n.d.]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Nurse Corps
Unit: 56th General Hospital
Service Location: Dayton, Ohio; Lincoln, Nebraska; Springfield, Missouri City, Missouri; Normandy, Rhineland, France
Rank: Captain
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A recent widow, Lille Margaret Steinmetz Magette was in training to be a nurse at the time of the attack in Pearl Harbor. Feeling she had nothing to lose, she enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps; two weeks later, she was en route to basic training in Fort Meade, South Dakota, and then shipped overseas. Arriving in Normandy on July 7th, she was stationed at a tent hospital, where her endurance and grit were tested by endless mud, baths taken in helmets, and the constant arrival of new casualties. Orders to proceed to Liege, Belgium, brought new challenges--buzz-bombs sent by the Germans that landed so close to the hospital that she was forced to take cover under the tables in the mess hall.

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