"Swell Patients and Sports"

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Title

"Swell Patients and Sports"

Subject

Diary entry excerpt from the WWII diary of US Army Nurse F. DeWitt

Description

This item is actually an excerpt from the World War II diary of US Army Nurse F. DeWitt, spanning from 1943 to 1944. DeWitt clearly has a sense of humor even when discussing dark topics, and seems to try to make the best of things throughout her diary. However, the following entry from August 15, 1943, truly exemplifies the tough parts of being a military nurse;

"No rest for the wicked. A very busy day in OR. 12 cases. Had first hours. Had a memorial mass
for Thurman. Unable to go. Saw 5 horrible burn cases dressed in OR. Many boys. What these
poor soldiers go through. Legs, arms, hand, feet. Off. All are a mess with shattered bones. But in
spite of all they are swell patients & sports. Makes me want to cry to see them. 20 new nurses
arrived with Colonel (?) wait till Chamberlin gets a hold of them. Poor kids. On call. Saw (?)
Flannigan, on her way to Sicily." 

Few, if any historians, could have said it better themselves.

Creator

Nurse F. DeWitt

Source

UNC Greensboro: Women Veterans Historical Project: "00-Transcript: Diary of F. DeWitt, 1943-1944," August 15, 1943 entry, page 29 of 33, WV0245 F. DeWitt Diary, WV0245.3.001: http://libcdm1.uncg.edu/cdm/compoundobject/collection/WVHP/id/2636/rec/3

Publisher

Digitally published by the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University Libraries, PO Box 26170, Greensboro NC 27402

Date

Accessed April 28, 2020

Rights

Restricted

Format

Text

Language

English

Type

Text

Identifier

US Army Nurse Diary of F. DeWitt, excerpt entry August 15, 1943

Coverage

US Army nurses of WWII, Women of WWII, Medical care in WWII

Text Item Type Metadata

Text

Transcription of a diary entry

Original Format

paper

Collection

Citation

Nurse F. DeWitt, “"Swell Patients and Sports",” US Nurses in World War II, accessed January 23, 2022, https://usnursesww2.omeka.net/items/show/67.