In one of the unsung stories of heroism during World War II, more than 120,000 nurses served in the Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII. Jean Ostrow is one of those nurse heroes.
The 94-years-old is the last remaining female World War II veteran in the United States.
During a program held at the hospice home in Palm Bay, Florida, where Ostrow resides, she was formally recognized for her years of uniformed military service. The program, which lasted about an hour, included the presentation of a trio of WWII lapel pins, a U.S. flag, a laminated copy of her Cadet Nurse Corps membership card, and a handmade red-white-and-blue quilt.
Danielle Mims, Hospice of Health First volunteer coordinator said, “Miss Jean, we thank you for your service to our nation. Thank you for the sacrifices you made and your willingness to serve our country.
“You saved the lives of many soldiers so that they could continue to fight to maintain our freedom.”
The United States Cadet Nurse Corps was organized in 1943 to help alleviate the nursing shortage that emerged during WWII as the war progressed.
Ostrow joined the Cadet Nurse Corps on February 11, 1945 and spent three years in the Pacific theater caring for servicemen. Ostrow’s son Rick said, “It’s very, very nice to see Mom being honored. She’s been quite a hero to me.”
Congratulations Miss Jean and thank you for your service.
Source: Southern Living