|Silver Star Is Awarded Nurse Killed in Italy
Medal Given Parents at Glenwood City
|The Silver Star Medal, third highest of U.S. Army awards,
was today posthumously awarded to Lieutenant G. Ainsworth of the Army
Nurse Corps. Mr. and Mrs. Guy Ainsworth, Glenwood City, WI, accepted the
medal on behalf of their daughter, who was killed in action in the
European Theater of Operations on February 10, 1944.
Participating in the ceremonies, which were held in the home of Mr. and Mrs. Ainsworth, were Colonel William H. McCarty, Commander of the Wisconsin-Upper Michigan District of the Sixth Service Command, and Lieutenant Colonel Jane C. Clements, Director of Army Nurse Procurement Activities in the Sixth Service Command.
The Silver Star was awarded Lieutenant Ainsworth for gallantry in action near Anzio, Italy. The citation accompanying the award was read by Colonel Clements and follows:
"Second Lieutenant Ainsworth was on duty in a hospital ward, while the area was being subjected to heavy enemy artillery shelling. One shell dropped within a few feet of the ward, its fragments piercing the tent in numerous places. Despite the extreme danger, Second Lieutenant Ainsworth calmly directed the placing of surgical patients upon the ground to lessen the danger of further injury. By her disregard of her own safety and her calm assurance, she instilled confidence in her assistants and her patients, thereby preventing serious panic and injury. Her courage under fire and her selfless devotion to duty was an inspiration to all who witnessed her actions and reflect the highest traditions of the Army of the United States."