Lieutenant Joyce A. Barager, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Vernon P. Barager of Owen,
was awarded a diploma July 29, during impressive graduation ceremonies of the Army Air
Forces School of Air Evacuation, held at the First Troop Carrier Command Base at Bowman Field,
Louisville, KY. This signified successful completion of' an eight-week course of
flight nurse training.
Lieutenant Barager entered the Army Nurse Corps on December 20, 1944 and was assigned to the
station hospital, Boca Raton, FL, where she remained until coming to Bowman
Field to begin training at the Army Air Forces School of Air Evacuation. She received her promotion to First
Lieutenant in April of this year.
The Troop Carrier Command's Army Air Forces School of Air Evacuation, although
scarcely one year old, has graduated twelve classes of flight nurses for
service overseas. The main purpose is to equip the nurse for the vital hours she spends
in a plane. Already a registered nurse before entering the school, the flight
nurse specializes in subjects peculiar to the removal of ill and wounded from combat areas by air. On
the trip between the combat zone and the hospital behind the lines, the flight nurse is
in complete medical charge of the Troop Carrier Command's large C-47 hospital
ships. To date, more than 250,000 wounded have been evacuated by the Troop Carrier Command from
all theaters of this war.