Estelle Sverchek, 96, of Lansford was sitting in a movie theater on Dec. 7, 1941, when she heard about the attack on Pearl Harbor.
She was 23 at the time and single, so she immediately signed up as a nurse for military duty.
Her mother wasn't happy about her decision.
"I came home and told my mother I joined the Army, and she wouldn't talk to me," Estelle said. "She was angry."
She never regretted the decision.
Sverchek is one of two Panther Valley women who served in the armed forces with the Army Nurses Corps during World War II.