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Today in World War II History—December 10, 1939 & 1944

Men of the US 77th Infantry Division man heavy machine guns cover the Antilao River at Ormoc, Leyte, Dec 1944 (US Army photo)

Men of the US 77th Infantry Division man heavy machine guns cover the Antilao River at Ormoc, Leyte, Dec 1944 (US Army photo)

80 Years Ago—December 10, 1939: France bans sale of meat on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Fridays.

Flight nurse Ens. Jane Kendeigh, US Navy, caring for wounded Marine William J Wycoff on Iwo Jima, March 3, 1945 (US Navy photo)

Flight nurse Ens. Jane Kendeigh, US Navy, caring for wounded Marine William J Wycoff on Iwo Jima, March 3, 1945 (US Navy photo)

75 Years Ago—Dec. 10, 1944: On Leyte in the Philippines, US Sixth Army takes Ormoc, the main supply base.

First class of 24 flight nurses and 24 pharmacist’s mates starts at the Navy’s School of Air Evacuation Casualties at Naval Air Station, Alameda, CA. (Read more: “Medical Air Evacuation in World War II—The Flight Nurse”)