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VINSANT, Wilma R (Dolly)

Servicenumber: N-735267  




Vinsant Wilma R 03

Age: 28
Born: 20 February 1917, San Benito, Cameron County,Texas
Hometown: Cameron County, Texas
Family: William J. Vinsant (father)
Nelly M. Vinsant (mother)
Walter L. Shea (husband)
Rank: First Lieutenant
Function: Flight Nurse
Regiment: -
Battalion: -
Division – Transport: -
Company – Squadron: 806th Medical Air Evacuation Squadron
Unit – Group: -
Plane data:
(Serialnumber, MACR, etc.)
Date of death: 14 April 1945
Status: KIA
Place of death: 40 Miles north-west of Eisenach, Germany
Spot: Not available
Awards: Air Medal, Purple Heart
Gravenumber: Plot B, Row 17, Grave 4
Cemetery: American War Cemetery Margraten
Biography: -
Other information: Lieutenant Wilma R. Vinsant, war nurse, was killed in action in a flight over Germany on April 14, 1945. Death came when the plane in which she was accompanying wounded military evacuees, crashed near Muhlhausen. The heroic nurse was buried first in a temporary U.S. cemetery in Germany.
Her nickname was 'Dolly'. She was born in San Benito, graduated from San Benito High school and went to Brownsville Junior College. Her future was cast when she went into training at John Senly Hospital in Galveston where she was certicated as a registered nurse.
Dolly first took to the air as a hostess with Braniff Airways and was in commercial flight more than a year.
September 1, 1942 Dolly enlisted in the Army Nurse corps, and qualified as an air evacuation nurse. She graduated from the Army Air Force School at Bowman Field, two days before her 26th birthday. She went to England. In England Dolly fell in love and she and Major William L. Shea, Air Force navigator, married. Dolly came home the last time in November 1944.
Actually, Dolly had a day off, but because another nurse was invited to a party, Dolly told her she would take her place so she could attend the party.

Source of information: Peter Schouteten, wwiimemorial, nara, - Valley Morning Star 30 October 1949

Photo source: Peter Schouteten, - US school yearbook


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