Valley Native One of First WWII Flight Nurses

Wilma “Dolly” Vinsant from San Benito graduated with the first class of Army Air Force flight nurses at Bowman Field, Kentucky on February 18, 1943.

By April 1945, Lt. Shea (her new last name from a marriage to a navigator) had flown the maximum number of hazardous missions.  Nevertheless, she talked her commander into letting her “make one more trip” and perished with her patients when their evacuation plane was shot down over Germany.

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