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Freedom Fighters: Betty Strickland

Betty Strickland says she always wanted to be a nurse. But it was the attack on Pearl Harbor that determined her course as an Air Corps flight nurse. During World War II, C-47 cargo planes were crudely outfitted to carry critically wounded soldiers to hospitals in the states. In addition to caring for the soldiers' medical needs in her "flying ambulance", Strickland encouraged them and soothed their fears. After the war, Strickland became a pioneer in Texas public school nursing, helping to put nurses on a level pay scale and founding "School Nurses Day in Texas."

Joan Hallmark, reporting.
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