(1914 - 2001)
Miriam " Mimi" Miller entered military service
in 1943 joining the Navy Nurse Corps following her graduation form the
Wilkes-Barre General Hospital School of Nursing. Originally assigned
to the Great Lakes Naval Station, then onto San Diego Naval Hospital,
Miriam eventually made her way overseas in 1945 for a face to face encounter
with the brutal human devastation resulting from the battles of Okinawa
and Iwo Jima.
Assigned to Fleet Hospital #111 in Guam, Mimi was
charged with caring for the heavy casualties of the war in the Pacific.
Although mired in the most challenging of circumstances, Mimi nevertheless
remembers "the dedication, patriotism and heroism of Americans
willing to sacrifice anything for the ideals we hold so dear - liberty
and the pursuit of happiness."
Miriam's patriotic calling and strong desire to serve
in the military did not lessen the apprehension of her parents, however.
She recalls that mother and father were against her enlisting, and were
also opposed to her becoming a nurse, feeling that "it wasn't the
life for a nice Jewish girl."
Mimi's pride in her religion and military service
continues to this day. In 1946, she married Dr. Robert Shor, who was
elected National Commander of Jewish War Veterans in 1976. Miriam was
elected President of the Jewish War Veterans National Ladies Auxiliary
Sources: Courtesy of the Jewish
Women's Archives and Jewish