Date of Incident08/17/1917
ConflictWorld War I 1917-1918
UnitArmy Nurse Corps, Base Hospital Number 10, British Casualty Clearing Station Number 61
StatusWounded in Action
Assigned to a British Clearing Hospital, Nurse MacDonald and her unit served four miles behind the lines in Belgium. German aircraft bombed her hospital, wounding her with shell fragmentation. Due to her injuries, she lost her right eye. Nurse MacDonald remained in the army and served throughout the war. She is the first known woman to be awarded the Purple Heart.
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