WWII Nurse Shares Her Story


One valley resident remembers her service to our country. Mary MacDaniel was only twenty when she volunteered to go overseas as a nurse during WWII.

She says one of her most vivid memories is of a soldier wounded in the trenches who late one night asked her to light him a cigarette.

"I lit the cigarette and I went to hand it to him. When I handed it to him, I'll tell you I about had a stroke. Both of his hands were gone, In other words, he couldn't hold it, " says MacDaniel.

MacDaniel says it was 1971, nearly 30 years after she returned home from the war, before the VA's office recognized nurses as veterans and began offering them benefits equal to soldiers.

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