Hancock County

Lt. Mary Virginia Sloan



OFF TO THE WARS -- With women taking an increasingly important role in the war, none are more important to victory than the army and navy nurses. Pictured are three Mason City nurses who left Friday for Bowman field, Louisville, Ky., to report for duty as second lieutenants in the army air corps. They are graduates of the Mercy hospital school of nursing. Miss Mary Sloan is from Corwith and the other two are Mason Cityans; Miss Anastasia Nelson, 119 Fifth street southwest, and Miss Margaret Snopek, 123 Carolina avenue southeast.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, January 22, 1943 (photo included)

Army Air Corps Nurse Spending Leave Here

Lt. Anastasia Nelson of the army corps nurse corps, who is spending a 10 day furlough at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. John Nelson, 119 Fifth street southwest, was one of the first nurses assigned to a new army air force station hospital at Waycross, Ga.

When the army nurses first went to the Waycross hospital they found a little pioneering in order, since only one nurse preceded them and it was necessary for them to open the wards and prepare the equipment to receive their soldier patients.

The Waycross hospital is small, having only four wards. Four Mason City nurses are stationed there, Lieutenant Nelson, Lt. Mary Virginia Sloan, Lt. Ruth Genevieve Payne and Lt. Margaret Snopek.

Source: Mason City Globe-Gazette, July 9, 1943