Harrison County

Lt. Jean Brown



'Will to Live Aids Yanks to Survive' by Gordon Gammack


Nurses who give immediate attention to the wounded in the receiving tent include Lieutenants Margaret Langland, Ames, Ia.; and Alice Anderson, Wadena, Minn. They work 12-hour shifts -- Anderson days, Langland nights.

Lieutenant Langland, who is called Blondi by the nurses, and Lieut. Jean Brown of Logan, Ia., can't get over how appreciative and uncomplaining the American wounded are.

"I've never seen such appreciation," said Lieutenant Langland. "It's pathetic the way they appreciate little things. I think they appreciate baths the most. Of all the hundreds we've had, I can't remember more than two who complained."

"I'll swear I've never seen such spirit," said Lieut. Dorothy Rolling, Bellvue Ia., nurse in post-operative. "They won't let you wait on them if they can hobble at all. They get what they need and don't ask for it."

Lieutenant Rolling knows a little German or at least she thought she did until she asked a wounded German how he felt.

"I don't understand you," the German replied in good English.

Source: The Des Moines Register, August 4, 1944