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  1. Hi, Just a quick message to let you know that registration for Leave No Man Behind 2020 is now open. We have also published a bulletin with some basic info (start / end points, event costs, FAQs). You can find the registration form and bulletin in the event group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeaveNoManBehind2020/ See you in Pilsen!
  2. Dear USMF Members, I would like to spread the word about an upcoming event organized by my group (Army Nurse Corps in WWII) in cooperation with Plzeň 1945 / Pilsen 1945. Leave No Man Behind will take place between April 28 and May 3, 2020 in the Czech Republic. Over 50 miles through the picturesque landscapes of Western Bohemia, retracing the footsteps of the 45th Field Hospital in wartime vehicles, this is your unique chance to see what they saw and feel what they felt in 1945 Czechoslovakia. Escape everyday boredom, grab your uniform and join us at the Leave No man Behind reenactment event in Pilsen, Czech Republic, from Tuesday April 28 to Sunday May 3, 2020. An unforgettable experience combining real historical places, ceremonies, large hospital convoy & display, Victory Parade and World War II veterans, that is guaranteed to leave a lasting impression on all who decide to join. This is your opportunity to experience history in a new way with like-minded people from all over the world. Leave No Man Behind will easily be the most authentic event you've ever attended, and might just be the most memorable event you ever will attend! We're currently looking for the Medical Department reenactors who would like to join us as Army Nurses, Officers, Enlisted Men and Drivers. The following vehicles can be brought to the event: Ambulance, 3⁄4‐ton Trailer, 1‐ton, Two‐Wheel, Water Tank Truck, 3⁄4‐ton, Command and Reconnaissance Truck, 3⁄4‐ton, Weapon Carrier Truck, 2 1⁄2‐ton, Cargo Truck, 2 1⁄2‐ton, Cargo, with Winch What can you expect? 3-day convoy in WWII vehicles in the footsteps of the 45th FH - all vehicles will have proper unit markings. Two nights spent on the road, incl. one original site of the hospital. No modern stuff, just period-correct camping equipment and C-rations! Large 3-day hospital display in Pilsen, where we will educate the public (every year there are visitors from all over the world). Victory Parade - we will march down the main street of Pilsen alongside WWII veterans of the 2nd Infantry and 16th Armored Divisions. Tens of thousands of spectators attend the parade. V-E Day celebrations, swing dancing, Czech food and beer, museum visit, etc. Interested? Join our Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/482035839221563/ All information incl. kit lists, registration forms, information bulletins, fees will be soon published in this group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/2376670072653506/ Any questions? Just ask! Have a nice day, Emi
  3. I think that I've finally found an anwer to my question. I got in touch with the U.S. Army Medical Department Museum in San Antonio, Texas. I received a reply from their historian on the next day and this is what he said: So the answer is: there was no ANC flag
  4. My impression: Army Nurse of the 9th Evacuation Hospital in Tunisia, North Africa. March 1943. Blue seersucker hospital dresses were issued only to nurses deployed or being deployed overseas for medical duty. Under wartime field conditions, women were required to have their helmets on most of the time. Here, a fixed bail M1 helmet is being worn with the fibre Hawley liner. White stockings and white oxford shoes were prescribed for the blue hospital dress. In reality, however, nurses often chose to wear socks and flat shoes which proved much more adequate for the rough African terrain. Such exceptions to uniform regulations could be authorized by local hospital unit commanders. Lipstick was used to keep the lips moist in the hot sun.
  5. Well, each squadron consisted of 25 flight nurses and 60 enlisted men, so this jacket could have belonged to a man as well. I love the patch, it is so well preserved.
  6. It belonged to an Army Nurse, not a WAC, you can tell that by her serial number which starts with "N" "ETO" patch on the right sleeve and the 6th Army patch on the left sleeve, so it looks like she served in Europe and then was transferred to the Pacific.
  7. As for the 101st Airborne Division, I know that there were only two women (WACs) who were assigned to Division Headquarters and became the only women to wear-officially- the Screaming Eagle insignia (including patches). They were Capt. Ann D. Neal and 2nd Lt. Kathryn Martin.
  8. Wow, the one in the middle looks interesting. What's written on the ribbon? Is it two-sided? Thanks everyone for your input!
  9. Hi, I'm looking for information and pictures showing the Organizational Colors of the Army Nurse Corps in WWII. What I have in mind is a flag that would be presented, for example during parades, with the National Color. I've found the following information: My guess would be a maroon flag with white fringe, an ANC caduceus embroided in the middle and 'Army Nurse Corps' written below, also in white. I've only managed to find a Cadet Nurse Corps flag and this is how it looked like: I know that each hospital had its own guidon flag (maroon with white letters) but I'm thinking about more general flag designating the Army Nurse Corps as an organization. What do you think? A couple of pictures: USMCWR: WAVES: WACs: Guidon of the 39th Field Hospital:
  10. You're right about the insignia placement. Normally, they should be placed this way: However, a few days ago I found this portrait picture of an Army Nurse wearing her off-duty dress:
  11. My USMCWR khaki shirt also came with only one chevron. I'd like to learn why
  12. Wiki says: The WASP's predecessors, the Women's Flying Training Detachment (WFTD) and the Women's Auxiliary Ferrying Squadron (WAFS) organized separately in September 1942. They were the pioneering organizations of civilian female pilots, employed to fly military aircraft under the direction of the United States Army Air Forces during World War II. The WFTD and WAFS were merged on August 5, 1943, to create the paramilitary WASP organization.
  13. The trousers appear to be WWII period + they are in rare, larger size. The questions is who, when and why added the velcro. There should be an elastic band attached at ankles (1st pattern) or nothing at all (2nd pattern).
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