Lakota Army Nurse To Discuss WW2 Experiences in Europe

Marcella_LeBeau1LT Marcella LeBeau of Eagle Butte will talk about her US Army Nurse Corps experiences ministering to the wounded from D-Day beach invasions at Normandy on Saturday, November 14 at EAFB’s South Dakota Air and Space Museum, 9-1130 am (first half hour is social period)  This free event is sponsored by the Black Hills Veterans Writing Group.
We climbed down a rope ladder into a landing barge and landed at Utah Beach…and camped at a cow pasture there for a time,” LeBeau explained in an interview with SDPB’s Jim Kent in 2015.  She went on to Paris, then to Liege, Belgium where she again treated casualties from the Battle of the Bulge, later receiving a medal from the French Legion of Honor.
“A mere 20 years after the US granted citizenship to the first Americans, a young Miniconjou woman left her reservation in South Dakota and joined the Army Nurse Corps during World War II,” writes Native Sun Newsdescribing her as “a member of the Two Kettle Band of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and lives in Eagle Butte, South Dakota. Her Lakota name is Wigmuke Waste Win (Pretty Rainbow Woman).”

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