Warrior Wednesday: Angels of the Airfield

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They are simply called “The Angels of the Airfields”. These brave nurses escorted the physically and psychologically wounded soldiers from the pits of hell to the safety of forward operating hospitals. They are the forgotten heroes of the Second World War.

In 1945, the first two U.S. Navy flight nurses land on an active battlefield (Iwo Jima): Ensign Jane Kendeigh, USNR, and Lt. j. g. Ann Purvis, USNR.

Ensign Jane Kendeigh, (NC), USNR, is administering medical attention to serious casualties awaiting evacuation on an air strip on Iwo Jima. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 95014.

Ensign Jane Kendeigh, (NC), USNR, is administering medical attention to serious casualties awaiting evacuation on an air strip on Iwo Jima. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 95014.

Navy Flight Nurse Ensign Jane “Candy” Kendeigh photographed on the wing of a Naval Air Transport Service Evacuation aircraft on Okinawa, April 1945. Plane appears to be an R5D. Ensign Kendeigh was one of the first Flight Nurses to land on both Iwo Jima and Okinawa. National Archives photograph, 80-G-K-5277 (Color).

Navy Flight Nurse Ensign Jane “Candy” Kendeigh photographed on the wing of a Naval Air Transport Service Evacuation aircraft on Okinawa, April 1945. Plane appears to be an R5D. Ensign Kendeigh was one of the first Flight Nurses to land on both Iwo Jima and Okinawa. National Archives photograph, 80-G-K-5277 (Color).

Ensign Jane Kendeigh, (NC), USNR, was one of the first Navy Flight Nurses to serve on a battlefield. She is going over her patient’s charts with Chief Pharmacist Mate Silas V. Sturtevant, USN. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 95142.

Ensign Jane Kendeigh, (NC), USNR, was one of the first Navy Flight Nurses to serve on a battlefield. She is going over her patient’s charts with Chief Pharmacist Mate Silas V. Sturtevant, USN. Courtesy of the U.S. Naval Institute, NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 95142.

Heroes, every single one of them!

Crash

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2 thoughts on “Warrior Wednesday: Angels of the Airfield

  1. We forget how much the Florence Nightingales meant to scared young men. Certainly many a mother or wife was comforted to know a gentle touch and soothing words were there to take her place. Nice tribute Crash! They had a tough job, very few could have handled the pain and suffering they saw with such courage~

    • It’s always good to be reminded what the Greatest Generation did for Freedom and Liberty in those dark times of history and what the brave men and women of the present continue to do.

      Thanks Sis!! =)

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