They are charged with the mission of undoing the damage of war. The process starts with corpsmen, working along the front lines to treat the wounded, risking their own lives in the process. It continues in the field hospitals and then farther away from the battlefield, in the convalescent facilities, staffed by tireless and resilient doctors and nurses. No job in any hospital is preparation enough for the relentless task of dealing with the wounded and dying of war.
"I always wondered what kind of a feeling it would be to think you are a goner; but I found I wasn't excited, or afraid, or felt any unusual emotion." (October 3, 1943 letter, quoted in article, "Lt. Delores Buckley gave the girls hysterics...")
"I was in a state of denial. To my surprise I learned that several of the passengers had the same emotional dilemma."
"Then the wounded began to come back... glad to be at last out of that awful hell."
"Many times the guys would wake up and say to you, 'Did I die? Did I go to heaven? You’re the first round-eyed woman I’ve seen in months.'"
"If they're going to die, let them see an American woman that smells good."