Marjorie Lovell McBride Memorial Stone
This memorial honors Marjorie Lovell McBride, an American veteran, who shares a common undeniable goal with all American veterans to protect our country's freedoms. Forever a symbol of heroism, sacrifice, loyalty and freedom. "During the time I have had WACs under my command, they have met every test and task assigned to them...their contributions in efficiency, skill, spirit, and determination are immeasurable." -General Dwight D. Eisenhower
Backstory and Context
Marjorie Shirley Lovell was born on August 30th, 1916 to Mr. and Mrs. Lovell in Barnstable Village. She was a graduate of Barnstable High School’s class of 1933. She later went on to graduate from the Boston Children’s Hospital of Nursing in 1937. She worked as a night supervisor at the hospital for four years until she enlisted in the Armed forces.
In 1942 she received orders for active duty at Camp Edwards as a reserve nurse. That same year she got shipped out to England as Lieutenant of the Army Nurse’s Corp and she would go to serve in the invasion of Northern Africa, Sicily, and Italy. In August 22, 1944 she married First Lieutenant D. C. McBride of the Army Tanks Corp in Naples, Italy. On February 2, 1945 the army transport plane Army Lieutenant Marjorie McBride was boarded on crashed into the Italian Alps which resulted in her death. All of the passengers aboard the flight were killed. The plane crashed due to heavy fog and low visibility. Her remains were brought back and buried at Woodside Cemetery in Yarmouth Port.
Marjorie McBride was the only woman honored as veteran who gave her life for our country and our town. The memorial stone for Lieutenant Marjorie Lovell McBride is located on Millway near the Cobb Hill Cemetery, overlooking Barnstable Harbor.
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"Barnstable Nurse Killed as Plane Crashes in Alps." The Yarmouth Register February 23rd 1945. .
"Army Nurse’s Body Brought Home to Cape." The Yarmouth Register November 19th 1948. .