In Defense of a Nation: Servicewomen in World War II

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Jeanne Holm, Judith Bellafaire
Vandamere Press ; Washington, D.C., 1998 - History - 192 pages
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World War II was a defining moment in American History, and the nation responded with a determination and unity rare in the history of the world's people. In just a few short years, the country went from being a slumbering giant to a pre-eminent military and political power. World War II also was a turning point for American society, and many of the changes that occurred became a permanent part of the American social fabric. For the first time in American history, the military services set out to to recruit large numbers of women to fill not only essential nursing positions, but to meet a vast array of other military requirements. By the end of the war, over 400,000 American women had served in the armed forces, eclipsing all but the most optimistic projections, and paving the way for the permanent integration of women into the Armed Forces of the United States. In Defense of a Nation takes a close look at the women who served, their leaders, the conditions under which they served, and the wide variety of roles filled by these women pioneers.

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America Goes to War 1 Major General Jeanne M Holm USAF Ret
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Army Nurse Corps 9 Colonel Mary T Sarnecky USA Ret RN DNSc
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Navy Nurse Corps 29 Susan Godson Ph D
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Inc. Dr. Judith Bellafaire is the foundation's chief historian.

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