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The First Navy Flight Nurse on a Pacific Battlefield: A picture story of a flight to Iwo Jima by Lieutenant Gill DeWitt, USN
published by The Admiral Nimitz Foundation, Fredericksburg, TX
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I purchased this booklet for $2.50 at the Admiral Nimitz/War in the Pacific Museum bookstore. It's a reproduction of a photo album created by Gill DeWitt. Although many of the the photos seem staged (but not all) and the text has more than it's fair share of cutesy diminutive descriptions of Ensign Jane Kendiegh, it's still an interesting addition to my WWII library.

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I like this photo because it seems less staged than many of the others and the text implies that it isn't. "I climbed aboard the C-47 transport plane to find the Chief Pharmacist's mate and pretty little Jane Kendiegh awaiting the take-off."

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This photo and some of the other action shots make me sympathize with Kendiegh. I can't imagine trying to do such a difficult and harrowing job with a photographer following me around taking pictures.

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