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Emily Lewis
Emily Lewis
Kentucky
Emily Lewis was born in Paducah, Kentucky on April 5th, 1920, and grew up in Little Rock, Arkansas in 1924. She graduated from nursing school in 1941 and after Pearl Harbor, enlisted in the armed forces. She was called to duty in June of 1942, and was initially sent to Leesville, Louisiana where she cared for servicemen who were suffering from an epidemic of serum hepatitis. In early 1943, she began dating Charles Thomas Wiseman, a public relations officer in the Army Air Corps, and they were married August 23, 1943.

In the spring of the 1943, Lewis went to flight nurse training school in Louisville, Kentucky, and then, in November was sent to England and assigned to various base hospitals throughout the country. She was often on duty at airfields when B-17s returned from missions with wounded airmen aboard. One week after D Day, Lewis arrived in Normandy. As a flight nurse, she took care of wounded GIs aboard C-47 transports that had been stripped to make room for litters. She and her unit moved inland as the infantry advanced.

In the winter of 1944-45, during the Battle of the Bulge, Lewis was stuck on the ground for 11 days near Liege, Belgium. She and a number of other stranded nurses tried to stay warm in their tents while the temperature neared fifty below.

After the war in Europe ended, Lewis remained in the service, caring for wounded men on long plane trips across the Atlantic. After leaving the service in January of 1946, Lewis was reunited with her husband. They had four children and she became a full time mother. Lewis' husband was killed in an automobile accident in 1972. She came to Sacramento with her second husband, John B. Lewis, in the 1970s.