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Educational Spotlight     ARTICLE    5/22/15

Freida Margaret Holbein, coming from an extended family that included a pediatrician, cardiologist, general practitioner, physical therapist, X-ray lab technician, and three registered nurses, was surrounded by medical professionals. After becoming a registered nurse in 1943, she enlisted in the Army and had her basic training at Fort Meade.


On her way to Epinol, France, where she was stationed, she volunteered to serve on a hospital train that transported wounded men from the front lines to hospitals. She worked twelve hour shifts taking care of up to 132 men at a time.


On Christmas Eve 1944, Margaret’s train, Hospital Train #75, jumped the tracks and crashed. Luckily, no wounded soldiers were on board and there were no serious injuries. She received a recommendation of service beyond the call of duty for staying behind to clear the train of personal belongings after the wreck...










Ian Fleming was a British journalist and Naval Intelligence Officer, but is best known as the author of the James Bond series of spy novels.


Fleming was in charge of overseeing and planning special operations behind enemy lines during World War Two. While Fleming himself never went undercover to spy on the enemy, his firsthand experience directing such missions, as well as his relations with the agents he directed, proved to be a valuable background for his novels.


While working in British Naval Intelligence during World War Two, Fleming was involved in the planning stages of Operation Mincemeat and Operation Golden Eye, the former of which was successfully carried out. He was also involved in the planning and oversight of two active service units, 30 Assault Unit and T-Force. His service in wartime...






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