Title: SHORT SKIRTS AND SNAPPY SALUTES, A WOMAN’S MEMOIR OF THE WWII YEARS
by Caroline Morrison Garrett
Nurses are the subjects of this blog, but a new book is written by a dietitian who worked at Walter Reed Hospital, as well as other hospitals. This was a field I hadn’t found covered in any stories before, and what an important job!
Written well, with anecdotes that could have taken place yesterday, I was fascinated by the many aspects of this position. Not only did the author have to decide on the food that was available, how to use it, and include all the different dietary needs of the patients, but get it served on time and hot. There are German prisoners of war as kitchen help, women servers who fail to show up, the kindest patients, and some who won’t eat or tell anyone why. General Patton visited his son-in-law, and lived up to his controversial reputation.
Caroline Garrett begins the book when she entered college at Woman’s College, University of North Carolina, and more than 100 pages tell of that experience. Graduating on June 5, 1944, the news was announcing the landing of troops in Normandy D-Day. She arrived in Washington,D.C. in August 1944.
Conversations and incidents are plentiful and the author tells of the trunk full of letters and cards that her mother saved over the years. Many letters were written and saved, and my aunt’s letters were the impetus to get my book published. Once I began to write about my ‘Auntie Raine’, finding more than 100 other brave nurses became my purpose for NO TIME FOR FEAR. I almost hated to stop looking for them as the book neared publication. Since then, as speaking and writing about the book took place over the years, more nurses and their families have come to me. What a blessing these women were.
This book is very entertaining, as well as informative.