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“And just like that, I knew what I had to do.” (Video interview, 1:24)

   Marian Charlotte Arner Jones
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Marian Jones [detail from video]
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Nurse Corps
Unit: 34th Evacuation Hospital, 3rd Army
Service Location: Louisiana; Camp Barkley, Texas; France; Luxembourg; Germany; United Kingdom; Fort Dix, New Jersey; European Theater
Rank: First Lieutenant
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Training to be a nurse in 1941, First Lieutenant Marian Jones was inspired by FDR’s “Date of Infamy” speech to join the Army Nurse Corps. Bored by her initial duty station in Pennsylvania, she sought a transfer to the 34th Evacuation Hospital, and following training at a tent hospital, was sent to England, where she was billeted with a British family. Landing on Omaha Beach on June 22nd, 1944, she spent her first night in France sleeping in a foxhole on the beach. Upon arriving at the hospital, she was told which patients were to be given plasma—a procedure she had never carried out on her own. She describes her absolute joy at returning home in October 1945, after more than a year of nursing in a combat zone, and seeing her father, mother, and sister for the first time since her departure.

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Hearing FDR’s speech after Pearl Harbor and deciding to enlist; getting orders to base in Pennsylvania; deciding work there was too monotonous; putting in for transfer overseas; sent to join the 34th Evacuation Hospital (NaN:NaN) Billeted with an English family; wife became like a second mother; riding around the countryside on bicycles; learning about English culture (01:33) Sent to southern England; boarding ships; landing on Utah Beach on June 22; spending first night there sleeping in a foxhole (01:52)
Meeting the nurse she was to replace; taking responsibility for a new procedure (00:40) Setting up the 34th Evacuation Hospital on July 3; hearing howitzer guns nearby; floor of hospital shaking; admitting over 500 patients into the hospital on the first day; hospital only held 400 beds (02:11) End of the war; receiving orders home; arriving in New York; discharged at Fort Dix, New Jersey; reuniting with her family (03:06)
  
 
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