Women recount World War II service

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Dorothy Gardner, a former Army nurse, and Betty Krause, a former Navy WAVE, both Hot Springs Village residents, shared their World War II experiences with members of the Jacksonville Historical Society at the Jacksonville Museum of Military History on Thursday.

Both women said they joined their respective services up to two years after the entry of the U.S. into World War II, not because of the shock of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Each said they knew where Pearl Harbor was, but distance softened the impact. They did not become aware of what the attack signified until later.

Krause, who became a Navy WAVE, served from 1944-46. She first worked in a Rockford, Ill., defense plant before serving at the San Diego Naval Hospital.

Gardner was in nurse’s training in Chicago and was riding in a streetcar when she heard of the attack....
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