98-Year-Old WWII Nurse Honored as a Hero

Sarah Le
By Sarah Le
November 10, 2018Latest Clips

A 98-year-old World War II nurse was inducted into the Wall of Heroes in Seattle, Washington, on Nov. 8.

Frances Harmon is the 14th veteran and the first woman to have her picture on the wall at the VA Puget Sound.

She left the Army Nurse Corps in 1946 as a first lieutenant after serving in Australia and New Guinea, caring for severely wounded service members in the burn ward of a field hospital.

“It is also an incredibly difficult place to work spiritually, mentally for the staff,” said Michael Tadych, health care systems director of VA Puget Sound. “She did it for a year in combat in a tent in New Guinea. The work that she did had an enormous impact on hundreds of men.”

Harmon was awarded the Meritorious Unit Award, Three Overseas Service Bars, the American Theater Ribbon, the Asia/Pacific Theater Ribbon with one Bronze Battle Star, and the Victory Medal for her work, according to the Associated Press.

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