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Women Serving the Military
Women Serving the Military




Red Cross:

Life Magazine Nurse
Life magazine, 8 June 1942
Volunteer Nurses Aid
Red Cross Volunteer Nurse’s Aide
Poster from June 1943

The Red Cross was a lead civilian agency working closely with the military services. The 40,000 employees of the Red Cross directed the efforts of 7.5 million civilian volunteers, serving the Armed Forces both overseas and at home.

More than 200,000 women participated in the Red Cross Volunteer Nurse’s Aide Corps, pledging a minimum of 150 hours annually to perform non-technical nursing services at civilian and military hospitals in the United States. Women in the Gray Lady Corps provided recreational services at military and veterans hospitals.

To the immediate right is an American Red Cross Volunteer Nurse’s Aides manual that provides information such as hospital ethics, assignments, hours of service, deportment on duty, uniforms and authorized duties, August 1942

To the far right is an American National Red Cross Volunteer Services Certificate for completion of Nurse’s Aide Corps course issued to Elizabeth Owen, November 1942

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Manual for Volunteer Nurse's Aid The Ameriacan National Fred Cross Certificate


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