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Home Rehab for 98 Year Old WWII Nurse

BOND HILL (Jeff Hirsh) -- Anna Fields is a pioneer. 

At age 98, Fields is perhaps the only surviving member of her Army nurses unit in World War II a segregated, African-American unit which  worked with wounded soldiers back from Europe.

 Today, Fields Bond Hill house was surrounded by workers, pounding with hammers,  pulling out overgrown brush, and making her home more livable.
  
Fields was one of ten Cincinnati-area veterans who received free home improvements courtesy of Home Depot.  The company has a nationwide Celebration of Service campaign, rehabbing veterans homes between 9/11 and Veterans Day. 

Some of the volunteers, like Home Depot employee Grant Galloway, are veterans, too.  When youre a veteran yourself, thats your brother and sister you served with whether it was 50 years ago or today, he says.
   
Actually, for Ann Fields, it was almost 70 years ago, when civil rights leader Mary McLeod Bethune told President Franklin D. Roosevelt to aim higher with African-American women. 

The colored girls were in cook and baker school, Fields says, and Mary McLeod Bethune said to him I have some girls who can do more than cook and bake.
   
So Anna Fields became one of only a few hundred African-American U-S Army nurses, in her case, serving in a hospital in Atlantic City in 1944 and 45. 

Shes an unsung hero, says Fields daughter Paula, who is also her mothers care-giver at the Bond Hill house. She said she learned something in eighth grade that she would tell the soldiers, some of them blind, some of them missing a limb, that you will never go through this world alone.
   
Fields husband Carl died 15 years ago.  She was incredibly grateful to the home repair volunteers, saying I know God hears and answers prayers, and I feel this is such an answer to prayers, I really do.

Fields and the other local veterans were chosen by a non-profit organization, People Working Cooperatively, which assists low-income Cincinnatians with home repairs. 
 

 

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