65th Commemorative Statue Group

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This life-size bronze statue group commemorates the 65th General Hospital, a group of Duke doctors and nurses who were stationed in England during WWII. Although these are not portraits of specific individuals, the group includes statues of a wounded soldier, a doctor, and a nurse, with a corpsman running to their aid. The image of the nurse is the only statue on Duke's campus to honor women's contributions to the cultural history of the University. Instead of basing the statue on a single nurse, North Carolina sculptor Stephen H. Smith drew on historical documents to create a statue to stand for all the nurses of the 65th.


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