Pottawattamie County

Lt. Anna Belle Lewis




Mercy Nurse Gets Purple Heart

Lt. Anna Belle Lewis, daughter of Harry Lewis and a Mercy hospital graduate in 1930, has received the purple heart and a battlefield promotion to 1st lieutenant after she was injured by a robot bomb which struck the hospital where she was working in Belgium.

Lt. Lewis was the first American nurse to arrive in France with the invasion. She was stationed with the 1st army in Belgium when she suffered cuts and bruises from flying glass. She was treated in a hospital in France for her injuries which were not considered serious.

Source: The Council Bluffs Nonpareil, Council Bluffs, Sunday, January 28, 1945, Page 2