Nurses are no stranger to combat. They played a pivotal role during the Allied invasion of western Europe on D-Day, June 6, 1944.

Throughout World War II, nurses were almost always near combat while serving in field and evacuation hospitals, as well as aboard trains, ships and transport planes. Though ever in danger, they focused on caring for others. Fewer than four percent of the American soldiers who received medical care in the field or underwent evacuation died from wounds or disease.

Here’s a brief look at the significant contributions made by nurses on and after D-Day.

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