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"I hadn't been there very long before the bombs descended."(Video interview, 16:33)

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   Kathryn Mary Doody
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Kathryn Doody [detail from video]
War: World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953; Cold War
Branch: Army Nurse Corps; Army Nurse Corps
Unit: 8063 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
Service Location: Tripler Army Hospital, Hawaii; England; France; Germany; also: Korea
Rank: Major
Place of Birth: MD
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Enrolled in nursing school by her mother, who hoped that her daughter could achieve something beyond life on a small Maryland farm, Kathryn Doody arrived in Hawaii with limited real-world nursing experience. Treating patients at Tripler Army Hospital on December 7th, she was ushered into a new world of combat medicine; she witnessed her first major limb amputation that day. Following this baptism of fire, she began a long and distinguished career as an Army nurse, going on to serve in the European theater later in World War II and with a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit during the Korean War.

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Sound of bombs woke her up; bewildered by noise; going out in yard and seeing aircraft smoke; thinking it was an accident; informed by night nurse that Oahu was under attack; didn’t believe it at first but listened to radio reports to confirm. (03:17) Summoned to operating room to treat those injured at Hickam Field; still pondering what life would be like in wartime; walking through the yard and realizing she could be hit; seeing a major leg amputation for the first time; hearing the sound of bullets hitting the pavement; hospital wasn’t hit; worked until midnight; guards outside hospital. (06:51) Checking on patients the next morning; some patients had accidentally ripped out their tourniquets at night and had bled to death; seeing horrible sights; sent to club for some rest and recreation; so busy she didn’t think about war; got 45 days leave and then sent to Europe. (02:35)
[Previous clip continued] Checking on patients the next morning; some patients had accidentally ripped out their tourniquets at night and had bled to death; seeing horrible sights; sent to club for some rest and recreation; so busy she didn’t think about war; got 45 days leave and then sent to Europe. (03:36)  
  
 
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