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Within days, the US was at war, not only with Japan, but with Fascist Italy and Germany.

I hadn’t been there very long before the bombs descended.” Kathryn Mary Doody, Army Nurse Corp, Tripler Army Hospital; Location of Service: Hawaii; England; France; Germany; Battles/Campaigns, Pearl Harbor; Highest Rank Major Service History Note “The veteran was on duty and helped care for the wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor on 12/07/1941.”

Each year on Dec. 7, Pearl Harbor Survivors, veterans, and visitors from all over the world come together to honor and remember the 2,403 service members and civilians who were killed during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. A further 1,178 people were injured in the attack, which permanently sank two U.S. Navy battleships (the USS Arizona and the USS Utah) and destroyed 188 aircraft.” https://www.nps.gov/perl/learn/historyculture/national-pearl-harbor-remembrance-day.htm
USS Oklahoma casualties identifiedhttps://www.nps.gov/perl/uss-oklahoma-casualties-identified.htm
https://www.loc.gov/vets/stories/alphalist.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Harbor_Survivors_Association

Kathryn Mary Doody Interview”: https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp-stories/loc.natlib.afc2001001.23308/

Enrolled in nursing school by her mother, who hoped that her daughter could achieve something beyond life on a small Maryland farm, Kathryn Doody arrived in Hawaii with limited real-world nursing experience. Treating patients at Tripler Army Hospital on December 7th, she was ushered into a new world of combat medicine; she witnessed her first major limb amputation that day. Following this baptism of fire, she began a long and distinguished career as an Army nurse, going on to serve in the European theater later in World War II and with a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit during the Korean War.

Sound of bombs woke her up; bewildered by noise; going out in yard and seeing aircraft smoke; thinking it was an accident; informed by night nurse that Oahu was under attack; didn’t believe it at first but listened to radio reports to confirm”. (03:17)
https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp-stories/loc.natlib.afc2001001.23308/afc2001001_023308_mv0001001_640x480_800.stream?start=1027&clipid=d1527e99

Summoned to operating room to treat those injured at Hickam Field; still pondering what life would be like in wartime; walking through the yard and realizing she could be hit; seeing a major leg amputation for the first time; hearing the sound of bullets hitting the pavement; hospital wasn’t hit; worked until midnight; guards outside hospital”. (06:51)
https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp-stories/loc.natlib.afc2001001.23308/afc2001001_023308_mv0001001_640x480_800.stream?start=1224&clipid=d1527e115

Checking on patients the next morning; some patients had accidentally ripped out their tourniquets at night and had bled to death; seeing horrible sights; sent to club for some rest and recreation; so busy she didn’t think about war; got 45 days leave and then sent to Europe”. (02:35) https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp-stories/loc.natlib.afc2001001.23308/afc2001001_023308_mv0001001_640x480_800.stream?start=1653&clipid=d1527e131
(In the clip she says that the soldiers intentionally opened their tourniquets because they didn’t want to live with the injuries.)

[Previous clip continued] “Checking on patients the next morning; some patients had accidentally ripped out their tourniquets at night and had bled to death; seeing horrible sights; sent to club for some rest and recreation; so busy she didn’t think about war; got 45 days leave and then sent to Europe”. (03:36)
https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp-stories/loc.natlib.afc2001001.23308/afc2001001_023308_mv0002001_640x480_800.stream?start=0&clipid=d1527e180

https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp-stories/loc.natlib.afc2001001.23308/
https://www.loc.gov/vets/stories/alphalist.html
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pearl_Harbor_Survivors_Association

Name:
Kathryn Mary Doody
State of Birth:
MD
Home State:
TN
Gender
Female
Race
White

War or Conflict
World War, 1939-1945
Military Status
Veteran
Dates of Service
1940-1946
Branch of Service
Army Nurse Corps
Unit of Service
Tripler Army Hospital
Location of Service
Hawaii; England; France; Germany
Battles/Campaigns
Pearl Harbor
Highest Rank
Major
Service History Note
The veteran was on duty and helped care for the wounded during the attack on Pearl Harbor on 12/07/1941.

War or Conflict
Korean War, 1950-1953
Military Status
Veteran
Dates of Service
1947-1955
Unit of Service
8063rd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
Location of Service
Korea

War or Conflict
Cold War
Military Status
Veteran
Dates of Service
1956-1966
Branch of Service
Army Nurse Corp
”. https://memory.loc.gov/diglib/vhp/bib/loc.natlib.afc2001001.23308