September 1945, following the end of World War II, Gertrude Shapiro
was sent to Hiroshima, Japan as part of the first medical landing group
of Americans assigned to treat Japanese patients suffering from the
effects of the atomic bomb (dropped August 6, 1945).
Tragically Gertrude suffered many illnesses throughout
her life and died a premature death from cancer in 1972, most likely
because of exposure to radiation from the atomic bomb.
Sources: Courtesy of the Jewish
Women's Archives and Jewish