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Enlist in a proud profession!; Join the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps
Enlist in a proud profession!; Join the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps
Resource Typeimage
TitleEnlist in a proud profession!; Join the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps
Coverage / Year1944
DescriptionPoster, color, 28 x 20 in., published by the United States Government Printing Office
InterpretationThe Cadet Nurse Corps was created in 1943 by the U.S. Public Health Service as a wartime recruiting program and many of its graduates were aong the military nurses who served in World War II. The Corps was a scholarship program that was meant to alleviate the shortage of trained nurses on the homefront. It was a very successful program, graduating 124, 000 nurses before ending in 1948. Cadets had both summer and winter uniforms. The winter uniform (a suit and topcoat) was gray wool with a matching gray hat. The summer uniform consisted of a two-piece suit of gray and wahte seersucker, a gray raincoat, and a beret. Each jacket had red epaulets, with the Cadet insignia on the sleeve. "Gray symbolizes mercy, serenity and understanding; red - strength, courage and inspiration. The left sleeve patch was a symbol of the Knights of Hospitalers of St. John, the original nurse-fighting order. The winter cap bore a shield and eagle, symbolically American; a fouled anchor connoting U.S. seamen in distress; a caduceus, the ancient symbol of physicians; and together these promised healing to service of their country." (source: http://www.son.jhmi.edu/development/alumni/vigilando/Winter2000/features/cadet.htm)
Lesson Plans / ThemesWorld War II; Women at Wartime
Learning Standards14 Political systems; 16 History;
Author or CreatorUnited States. Public Health Service
Other ContributorsEdmundson, Carolyn Moorhead, 1906- [artist]
Subject / KeywordsUnited States Cadet Nurse Corps--Recruiting, enlistment, etc.; World War, 1939-1945--Women--United States; War posters, American; World War II
Collection PublisherIllinois State Library
Further InformationFor any further information related to this record, please contact the Collection Publisher. See http://images.library.uiuc.edu/projects/tdc for more information about this project.
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Resource Identifierww20115p
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