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A Shot in the Arm: 1942

A Shot in the Arm: 1942

November 1942. "Nurse training at Babies' Hospital, New York. Student nurses, like Susan Petty of Lebanon, Pennsylvania, are rendering their country a great service by making it possible for experienced nurses to join the Army or Navy Nurse Corps. Relieved of such civilian duties as administering injections to patients like this smiling youngster, graduate nurses are tending America's fighting men in distant parts of the world." Medium format negative by Fritz Henle for the Office of War Information. View full size.


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A long and rewarding life

Looks like she lived to the age of 94 and packed a lot into those years:

"Susan graduated from Linden Hall, Northwestern University and Columbia Presbyterian School of Nursing and was the photo icon of the national recruiting campaign for nurses during World War II. Her athletic interests included golf, skiing, badminton, skating and horseback riding. She was an avid fly-fisherman, loved the north woods, enjoyed jazz, dancing, antiques, sports cars, she was an organic herbalist, and she had a flare for gourmet dining and entertaining. She was spirited, bright, fun, positive and never complained. She had an enviable zest and love for life; even to the end she still did not want to go. Most of all, she loved her friends and family."

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