Jean Ostrow was one of nearly 120,000 nurses who served in the Cadet Corps during World War II. Now, at the age of 94, she is one of the last remaining women WWII Veterans in the countryside.
Last week, Ostrow, who is currently in hospice care in Palm Bay, Florida, was officially recognized for her years of military service in uniform.
In an intimate ceremony in his living room on Thursday, Hospice of Health First staff presented Ostrow with a trio of WWII pins, an American flag, a laminated copy of his Cadet Nurse Corps membership card and a handmade red-white-and-blue quilt.
“Miss Jean, we thank you for your service to our nation. Thank you for the sacrifices you have made and your willingness to serve our country,” said Danielle Mims, Hospice of Health First volunteer coordinator, during the event, by Florida today. “You saved the lives of many soldiers so that they can continue to fight to maintain our freedom. “
The Cadet Nurse Corps was established in 1943 to help alleviate the nursing shortage during World War II. Today, they are the only uniformed members of the Second World War who have not been officially recognized as veterans.
Ostrow, from Escondido, Calif., Was 18 when she was admitted to the Cadet Nurse Corps on February 11, 1945. She spent three years treating wounded American troops in the Pacific Theater and transported to California for there. be cared for.
“There were quite a few horrible things she was involved in, bringing them to the hospital and taking care of them,” said her son, Rick Ostrow. Florida today.
“It’s very, very nice to see mom being honored. She was a real heroine for me,” he added.
Congratulations Miss Jean and thank you for your service.