Whenever we come upon the anniversary of a milestone event, I can't help but think about the nurses involved. This past weekend we had Pearl Harbor Day, the anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor by the Japanese.
There are no surviving nurses from that day but that's no surprise because there were only TWO nurses on duty at Hickam Field hospital that morning at the time of the attack. Monica Benning was one of those nurses and she died in 2012. Monica wrote a book titled "A Real Nurse's Dream" about her experience as an Army nurse and of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Her real life drama was the basis for the movie "Pearl Harbor".
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I don't know if it's true, but one article I read about that day reported that the nurses and other hospital staff on duty that day made arrangements to kill each other if the Japanese were able to take over. Wow.