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Dorothy J. Williams, World War II combat nurse

Jan. 17, 1915 – Sept. 19, 2013

Dorothy J. Williams, a World War II combat nurse, died Thursday in Schofield Residence, Town of Tonawanda. She was 98.

Born in Buffalo, she was one of eight sisters known in their Best Street neighborhood as the “Williams girls.” She graduated from St. Mary’s Seminary and Children’s Hospital School of Nursing in the late 1930s as a registered nurse.

She enlisted in the Army and served from July 1941 until February 1946 as a combat nurse in the 32nd Evacuation Hospital. She attended Army nursing school in England where she learned how to treat war wounds.

The war took her across France into western Germany’s Rhineland where her Army hospital treated survivors of Nazi concentration camps.

At one point in the war she served under the command of Gen. George S. Patton Jr., whom she greatly admired.

She received the European/American Middle Eastern Theater Campaign ribbon with silver star, American Theater Campaign Ribbon and American Defense Service Medal.

Following her military service, she worked at Western Electric, retiring as head nurse after about 25 years.

She was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars, the AT&T Pioneers Association, St. Christopher Catholic Church and St. Mary’s Seminary Sodality.

Survivors include a sister, Adrienne W. Zahm.

Funeral services were held Saturday.

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