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“We were part of the VE Day Parade. They invited all of the troops—American British, French—to march in full uniform.” (Video Interview, 14:04)

   Isabelle V. Cedar Cook
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Isabelle Cedar Cook
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Nurse Corps
Unit: 3rd General Hospital
Service Location: Fort Rucker, Alabama; Mateur, North Africa; Italy; France; European Theater
Rank: First Lieutenant
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Isabelle Cook had just graduated from the Mt. Sinai School of Nursing in New York City when war was declared in Europe. The Army asked Mt Sinai to plan a one thousand bed hospital for overseas service, and she signed up as a volunteer. She spent the next three years in Africa, Italy, and France. At war’s end she found herself in Aix-en-Provence, a French town celebrating the end of the war. Still, there were grim reminders of those citizens who had collaborated or fraternized with the Germans.

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Shipping out; first days in Africa. (02:09) Morocco to Tunisia; setting up a hospital in Mateur. (03:13) In France for V-E Day; the fate of collaborators. (01:16)
Training in Paris to be an anesthetist. (02:06) Orders to go home; writing a book on her experiences. (01:49) 
  
 
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