1944 – Glenwood City Nurse Dies in WWII

On this date Ellen Ainsworth, a 24-year-old nurse from Glenwood City, was killed during the Battle of Anzio in Italy. Ainsworth was on duty near the Anzio beachhead. During an attack, a shell hit the hospital. Without regard for her own safety, she couragously assisted her patients out of danger. Ainsworth died 6 days later from wounds received during the attack. She was the only woman to die from enemy fire during WWII. Ainsworth was awarded the Silver Star and the Purple Heart. A dispensary at Fort Hamilton, New York, and a conference room in the Pentagon are named for Ellen Ainsworth. [Source: ]