Profiles

If you are a U.S. Cadet Nurse or know one, we would like to include your story on this page. Let us know by contacting us here.


Hilda E Motz Franklin
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Hilda Motz membership card

I was in the last class to graduate in 1948. My daughter-in-law is helping to find more information to add. I am now 87 years old. I worked as a nurse till I was 77 years when my grandson was KIA in Ramaki, Iraq. It was then I retired. I worked in Coudersport, PA for about 25 years in the Maternity Ward.


Verna Borovoy Merrin
U.S. Cadet Nurse

If funding for my education to become a RN was not available, I could not become a RN. My parents could not pay for this education.

I worked as an RN for about 27 years.

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Barbara Bachelder Lincoln
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I graduated in September 1947. I returned to school for my PHN, my SNT and my BS in health services. I worked in many fields of nursing, retiring in 1979. My husband was retired Air Force. After retiring, we traveled the world. I'm still hoping that we will be recognized as veterans.


Dorothy Callahan Palmer
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I'D LIKE TO HEAR FROM CLASSMATES FROM CLASS OF MARCH 48.

Miss Callahan, Bellevue Nurse

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Sarah Hardic Lidell
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was a member of the US Cadet Nurses Corps at Hartwick College, Oneonta New York, from 1944 – 1946, at which time I left to marry my husband, Wallace, after his return from serving with the 12th Armored Division in the European Campaign. I more recently was involved with the Hartwick College Nursing program to assist their students on a project documenting the Cadet Nurses Program at Hartwick. I was proud to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the College for my support and involvement in the Nursing program.

When I entered Hartwick, there was one academic building on the campus, the top floor of which was the nursing arts laboratory, where we practiced patient care skills before moving on to clinical practice at Fox Hospital. In those days, we sharpened our own hypodermic needles and sterilized bedpans on the unit! How much has changed from those days.


Mary Ann Olson Anderson
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was a Cadet Nurse in Duluth Minnesota, from 1944-1947 at St. Luke's Hospital.

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Janet Lowe
U.S. Cadet Nurse

 

On July 11, 1923, Janet was the first baby girl born at Banner Good Samaritan, known then as Arizona Deaconess Hospital. Her parents’ hospital bill totaled a whopping $59.75; the most expensive charge was for the room at just slightly more than $51. 

“My mother was a nurse and wanted me to be born in a hospital,” said Lowe. “She worried that the facility wouldn’t be open on time but it had just opened to patients when she was admitted for my birth.”

Growing up, Janet and her mother would regularly ride past Good Samaritan on the Brill Line electric streetcar on their way to Downtown Phoenix for shopping. And, about 20 years later in September 1943, she followed in her mother’s footsteps and joined the hospital’s three-year nursing school.

“A few months later we were given the opportunity to join a government program called ‘Cadet Nurses,’” she said. “It required a commitment to serve in the Armed Forces upon graduation and we received a stipend of $5 per month for our first year.”

But World War II ended before Janet graduated in November 1946 and instead of joining the frontlines, she married Lewis Lowe, a United States serviceman who had been a prisoner of war in Poland.

By 1948, the couple was expecting their first child – a daughter, also born at Banner Good Samaritan. The daily newspaper even ran an article on the women, the first mother-daughter pair to be born at the same facility. 

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Escolastica Mercado
U.S. Cadet Nurse

María Pérez Oquendo writes that her mother-in-law, Escolastica Mercado, was a Cadet Nurse.  She went to nursing school at the Hospital Santo Asilo de Damas in  Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Santo Asilo de Damas was one of seven nursing schools in Puerto Rico that participated in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps.


Annette M Butler Norris
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I am one of the five graduates of Hampton University U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps of 1946.


K Mardell Urish
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Our training as a Nurse Cadet was a bit different. Memorial Hospital built a new hospital, and we were housed in the old hospital -- we slept in the old hospital beds and had antiquated dressers and little furniture as such. They transported us to the new hospital in a small bus, or we walked 9 or 10 blocks for classes or work. Our clinical training started very early in training, and one worked all shifts and had to be in class each day. My last 6 months of training was spent in pediatrics at Cook County Hospital in Chicago, which prepared me for caring for our six children later on. Upon graduating, I worked at a small hospital in Pekin, Illinois, on the 11-7 shift. After marriage I worked private duty, making $12 for 8 hours (and thought I was well paid at the time). I am so indebted to Uncle Sam for furnishinng me with such great nurse's training -- free, and even receiving $20 per month. I am proud to have been a part of the Nurse Cadet program and in so doing, contributed to that great war effort.


Amy J Ritscher Pfeiffer
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Worked

  • 4 years newborn nursery at Memorial Hospital
  • 2 years orthopedic floor at Memorial
  • 14 years in an M.D.'s office at Buffalo, Illinois
  • 14 years Psychiatric State facility in Springfield, Illinois

Since I was going into training late (October 1943) due to hospital moving to a new facility, the old hospital was used as a nurses' home.

I worked after graduating from high school at a government ammunition plant located near a small town (Illiopolis, Illinois), which was close to Springfield, Illinois. I worked there for 4 months.

I was very fortunate the Cadet Program began as this was my lifelong dream of being a nurse. My father had a heart attack several years before and thought my chance of being a nurse was not going to happen!


Eva Darlene Ridings
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Jean Kull writes: 

My mother was Eva Darlene Ridings, Croxton, Snyder, Christian. She was a Nurse Cadet and several of you know her from Camden, Illinois. She is currently in an Alzheimer's Care Facility in Murfreesboro, Tennessee. I am her youngest daughter. All of you living and those who have passed NEED to be recognized for your contributions to this country during WWII. Not many of you are still living but we are your children and your voices.


Marjorie G. Cooper
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Pam DeKoeyer writes: 

My Mom, Marjorie G. Cooper graduated from Newark City Hospital in 1945. She is now 90 years old and still in New Jersey. Mom loved the USCNC and said it was hard work. She worked as a nurse until age 75. Mom is ill now from strokes and diabetes, and there is no government helpf for her. My Dad was a World War II veteran.


Helen K. Fritzee Holland
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I went into the Cadet Nurse Corps in 1943 at Springfield Memorial Hospital and graduated after 3 years and became a Registered Nurse.

I worked in a doctor's office for three years and one year in an industrial plant. I was also an operating nurse for two years in a V.A. hospital and a psychiatric nurse for eight years in a V.A. hospital. I also served at Girl Scout summer camps as a First Aid nurse.

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Barbara Agard Kiser
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I entered the U.S. Nurse Corp after graduation from Palo Alto High School (California) in June of 1943. I was one of 40 girls selected for this first class. We spent the first three months at Mills College in Oakland, California. We were then transferred to Highland General Hospital, also in
Oakland.

After completing our "probie" period, we were given our U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps uniforms in December of 1943. Although Highland Hospital was a 3 story, 300 bed, facility, they only kept 2 floors open, due to the fact that there were no men to work there during the war. I can only remember one fellow working in the whole building. Our hospital  "blue" uniforms did not include the white aprons from earlier years, so as to save on laundry staffing.

Highland Hospital had an extensive Communicable Disease Ward at that time, and girls were sent from Los Angeles to Highland to take classes in Communicable Diseases. We had excellent teachers. Shifts were for 8 hours. We worked all the time - 7 days a week. We were paid $8.00 per month! The first 6 months of our senior year, we received a $5.00 per month raise. Considering that all of us had gone through the "great Depression" of the 1920's and 1930's, we thought we were rich!!!

We had to autoclave bedpans; move oxygen tanks to the bedsides; make surgical packs for sterilizing; wash, dry, powder, insert surgical gloves into folders for sterilization. You should have seen the cast room. The walls were spattered with plaster of Paris, but there was no one to wash down the walls during the war! We student nurses had to take care of the patients
first!

Highland Hospital sent us to other hospitals for experience, each time for about 3 months. I worked at a Tuberculosis Sanatorium, which was connected to Highland Hospital - a face mask was compulsory. You could never remove the face mask for fear of contracting the disease.

The first year you got a star to pin on the shoulder epilates, so when you were a Senior, you had 3 stars! When a nurse had a day off, you were required to wear your uniform, and you were only allowed into certain areas in the city of Oakland, (they wanted to protect us) as the Navy also had a base there. The servicemen would salute us, not knowing what rank we were! Wow! I
felt like General Eisenhower!

I was selected as Senior class president. In 1946, I was the class Valedictorian, and got to call each girl to the stage to hand out their R.N. pins. I remember the first line of my speech: "We are proud to be the first class in the State of California to have completed the full three years of
the United States Cadet Nurse Corps program. "

I graduated on a Thursday, got married to my Marine that next Sunday, and took my State Boards the next Tuesday! I worked as a nurse for 46 years, but my nursing continues to this day. My Purple Heart husband of 67 years lost his leg on Iwo Jima in 1945.

Many thanks to the U.S. Government for this training.


Ruth Bradburn Rudawski
U.S. Cadet Nurse

My class was approached by US Army recruiting to join the US Army Cadet Corps.  I eagerly applied, passed all requirements and was accepted. January 1945 I received assignment to report to Deshon Army Hospital in Butler, PA. I served as a student Cadet Nurse from January to June 1945. My intention was to join the Army Nurse Corps upon graduation and Registration. The war ended and I was notified nurses were no longer needed.

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Eleanore Van Ormer
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Admitted to the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps: October 14, 1943

Graduated from Springfield Memorial School of Nursing, Springfield, Illinois.

Work history includes: 

  • Polio Ward during the epidemic
  • Private Duty
  • Doctor[s Office
  • General Duty Hospital Staff
  • School Nurse
  • Nursing Home
  • Head Nurse
  • Nurse Manager

I always enjoyed learning. With credits that I could transfer from the University of Illinois, Indiana, Scottsdale Community College and Extension Classes from Northern Arizona University, I graduated with a B.S. in Vocational Education from NAU.

In 1985 the Vocational and Industrial Clubs of America held their U.S. Skills Olympics in Phoenix, Arizona, and I served as Technical National Chairman for the Nurse Assistant competition.

My sister Caroline and I were older than most of the girls coming into the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. Most of them had just graduated High School in the spring. We knew we wanted to study so asked to room together. We have lots of funny stories. Here's one: We were given a room at the end of the hall on the second floor. Our "Dorm" was the old hospital that was just moved out. The fire escape on the outside of the building ended at one of our windows. We thought we heard comeone on the fire escape so Caroline walked over and looked out of the window. She did not say a word but calmly walked over to the door,stepped into the hall and yelled "HELP." Our House Mother lived on the first floor in a room at the opposite end of the building so heard nothing. All the girls living on our floor came running to see two upper class students crawling through the window.

During World War II, student nurses were allowed to marry and on June 13, 1945 RM/1 H.E. Anthony and I were married, so I graduated as Eleanore Anthony. H.E. died in 1976.

I worked until we adoped the first of our three sons, Ronald, Thomas and James, in 1960 and was a stay at home Mom until we moved to Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1970.

March 5, 1990, I retired as Nurse Manager of the VIP floor at Scottsdale Memorial Hospital, moved to Illinois, and married Thomas J. Clark.

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Patricia Wegemer Malin
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Norma Mattern writes: 

Photo of Patricia Wegemer Malin in May 2014My Mother, Patricia Wegemer Malin, was part of the Cadet Nurse Corp in the 1940s at the Delaware State Hospital.  She's almost 92 years young now and has moved into Assisted Living.  In going through the things in her home, we have found her Cadet Nurse cape, a gray hat, a summer skirt, and numerous photos.  Also have two binders full of very organized, hand-written class notes she made with incredible penmanship, performance evaluations, and other paperwork - such as a transcript of a radio program in October 1946, where she participated with several other Cadet friends, and a handwritten U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps oath.

Pattye Wegemer Malin on her birthday Marh 2014Elsie Szecsy writes: 

Thank you, Patricia and Norma, for entrusting me with these most valuable artifacts of service to our country and the nursing profession. I will take care of them. They are of deep interest to me in my work as a researcher as well as my role as daughter of a Cadet Nurse.This gift also reminds me of the need to archive these valuable artifacts of an important part of World War II history.

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LaVerne Bretz Shuck
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I entered the US Cadet Nurse Corp after graduating from high school in Mauch Chunk, Pa. in 1943. I will always cherish the memories and friends I made during those wonderful 3 years. I remained active in the nursing profession until my reirement in 1980.


Eve Bakas Standke
U.S. Cadet Nurse, Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

Eve Bakas Standke's daughter writes:

I am very proud to be my mother's daughter.  I am also anurse, in California at present.  My mother insisted I attend Massachusetts General Hospital for my diploma, and it has served me well.  I am presently a nurse in California.

My mother served at Ft Devens in World War 2.


Georgia Anne Scott Poplar
U.S. Cadet Nurse

BSN: Mary Manse College, Toledo, Ohio
MSN: University of Toledo, Toledo, Ohio
Positions:  Director of Nursing, Hospital Administrator, Licensed Nursing Home Administrator 1972.  Retired in 1991 at age 67.  Have my medals and arm patches yet.

I signed up in the Cadet Nurse Sorps on June 21, 1943. After I graduated from nurse's training, I married a gentleman who was in the submarines ten years, both regular Navy and reserves. During our marriage I worked as a staff nurse in hospitals close to his bases. Whe we started our family, we located in Toledo, Ohio, while working full time I obtained my MSN. I was moved up the administration ladder every couple of years while obtaining my degrees. I ended up as a director of nurses and assistant hospital administrator with 15 years of service in a small hospital. In 1972 I was appointed assistant administrator and director of nurses in a larger hospital. This hospital also had 144 apartments for the elderly and a 299 unit long term care facility. When the government decided to license long term care, my administration requested I go for long term care licensure, which I did. I also became a fellow in the American College of Health Care Administration after 18 years at this facility. I retired at age 67 in 1991.

I am now living in a retirement facility which covers apartments to hospice care. Many of my classmates have passed away, but as I come in contact with former nurses, I make them aware of uscadetnurse.org and your activities.


Nonnie Hunter Anderson
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Nonnie's daughter writes: 

I am the daughter of a U.S. Cadet Nurse. I am hoping to find some remaining nurses from the St. Joseph School of Nursing in Parkersburg, WV to be in contact with my mother who is 87. She worked in Public Health, New Martinsville, WV and then 37 years in Occupational Health at Olin/Conalco, Hannibal , Ohio.


Lydia Whitebeaver Bear
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Lydia Whitebeaver is a member of the Winnebago Tribe Of Nebraska. She retired from a career in Indian Health Service serving as an Assistant Director of Nurses at the Winnebago IHSPHS Hospital. She remains proud to have been a part of the Native Cadet Nurse program. Her picture can be found among the photos at the University of Arizona medical library.

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Ashley Lesniewski
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

This is my Grandmother Rubye Tennessee Tyree Edwards. She is 87. I'm so proud of her. She's the reason I'm a nurse. :-)


Doris Jensen Djernes
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I graduated on January 6 1947  I  worked in Surgery at Grand Island Lutheran Hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska. There are not too many of my class that I know of still living. There is one in Giltner, Nebraska. I worked until 1992 when I retired. I went back to work when there was such a shortage in 1966. Before that I mostly did special duty (I was busy raising my 3 children) as there were no intensive care units at that time. I am 88 years old and keep very active. I do water aerobics weekly. Our school of nursing is no longer; however, St. Francis Hospital in Grand Island, Nebraska, is still there.


Jeanne Leaf Capalbo
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Story TBD


Mary Elizabeth Sciarrone Sorlete
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Message to be posted.


Iris Allen Timmerman
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I graduated in 1947 and went to Hawaii where I practiced nursing for many years on three of the  different islands.  I also worked in California at San Diego County Hospital for a while. I have never been east again to attend any reunions but would have liked to. I got a page on Facebook a few years ago only to announce that I was looking for other Cadet Nurses but got no response.  I'm so happy to have found this page and I hope to contact some of my old classmates. Although I am ninety  years old this year most of them were a few years younger than I was may still be around or be tough like I am.


Peggy Tanner Hamann
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I am 87 years old and would like more information on this group I was part of in 1945-1947.  I retired from nursing 10 years ago.


Edith Rifkin Frankel
U.S. Cadet Nurse

After school I  went into school health where I worked my entire career.  I became a School Nurse Practitioner, graduating from Northeastern University in 1976.  I retired as a school nurse teacher around 1990.  I now live in Avon, CT.

Margaret LoPresto Andrews
Margaret LoPresto Andrews
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I went to nursing school in San Francisco in  1941. I was going to join the U.S. Army after I graduated. In 1943 some of us joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. I joined the Army -- to honor my brother who was killed at Anzio and also because I am proud of our country. I also wanted to show my gratitude to be living in the United States of America.


Virginia Graves Olsen
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Virginia Olsen, was in the nurse cadet corps during WW2. Her daughter is a registered nurse and has a great interest in the history of nursing, especially as it relates to her Mother and her unacknowledged contribution.


Kristina Tynes
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother Virginia Olsen, was in the nurse cadet corps during WW2. I am a registered nurse myself and have a great interest in the history of nursing, especially as it relates to my Mother and her unacknowledged contribution.  I would like to find the record of my mother's service if possible as there are so few details about her experience known to us.  My mother is 89 years old and is a resident at Atria, Merrimac Place in Newburyport Mass. My mother has dementia and I am conducting this search on her behalf.


Steven R Turner
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

Newspaper clipping about Dorothy J. Braun (Turner)My Mother, Dorothy J. Braun (Turner) was the first cadet nurse trainee from Ford Hospital, Detroit, Michigan, to be accepted by the Navy into US Naval Hospital, Seattle, Washington.  She was 21  and finished her last 6 months of training in Seattle.  While there, she met and subsequently married my Dad, Richard E. Turner, a Pharmacist Mate FC, who was heading off to finish medical school in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  They married in October of 1945.  My parents settled in Eugene, Oregon, after his graduation from University of Michigan and residency in pediatrics.  Dorothy maintained her nursing license and continued to work in the field until her retirement in 1989 from the University of Oregon's Student Health Center. She passed away on March 1, 2014, at the age of 90.


Kathleen Watson
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My family member, Virginia M Purdy, was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps.

 


Bill Asher
Researcher

I am an amateur historian from Kitsap County, Washington. I am doing research on local service men and women who lost their lives during times of war. I am looking for any information you might have on Wilma Louise “Billie Lou” Huneke. She attended school at Virginia Mason in Seattle, WA from 1943 to 1944. She died on November 17, 1944, from I believe an illness but I am not sure. I would appreciate any help you could give me.

Contact Bill at basher82@wavecable.com

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Anne Dillon Jeffers
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Anne Dillon JeffersI was too young to begin training in Iowa, so, at age seventeen, I left for Methodist Hospital in Houston, Texas. Homesick, but determined, I quickly fell in love with nursing. During our training, we worked hard, developed close and lasting friendships and had a lot of fun times.  With the critical nursing shortage brought on by World War II, we were expected to provide nursing services throughout our training and had to learn quickly. 

After graduation from nursing school in 1947, I went for additional training in psychiatric nursing. My career included teaching; administration; psychiatric, geriatric and general nursing. I thoroughly enjoyed nursing and all that I learned from it. I appreciate the opportunity provided by the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and am proud of the service I gave in return.


Eileen Farley McDonnell
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I trained at Cornell-New York Hospital from 1944-1947

Margaret Kathryn Featherston McDuff
Margaret Kathryn Featherston McDuff
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Served with the Nursing Corp at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center. Met my Husband  SGT. John McDuff there and settled in the Denver area after the war. I currently reside in Estes Park, Colorado.


Pamela Emmons-Beasley
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My paternal grandmother, Frieda Emmons was a Cadet Nurse. She worked as a nurse up until the time of her death in 1968 or 1969.


Melissa Walden-Baker
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

Patsy Trainor WaldenMy Grandmother Patsy Trainor Walden trained to be a Cadet Nurse in Tempe AZ. My favorite story of her was that she would hide in the closet with a flashlight at night so she could study. She moved to Farmington, NM in the 50's and was a nurse for a local doctor. Later when she and her husband Earl were sent to the Reservation in AZ for work in oilfield, she served as the Camp Nurse for the housing units for El Paso. She was born October 30, 1927 and passed away March 20,1972.

Ruby Irene Winchell Peterman
Lisa Peterman
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother Ruby Irene Winchell Peterman was US Cadet Nurse.


Sara Jane Overstreet
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

Loreen Phillips moved to Atlanta, Georgia, from Arkansas during WWII for the Cadet Nurse Corps program at Georgia Baptist Hospital. A decade later she married, earned a Master's from Emory Univ c1963, then earned a Doctorate in 1978 from the University of South Carolina. She retired as Professor Emeritus from the University System of Georgia. I have her service number in one of her textbooks. When I wrote to the Army for her records, they said Mother's had burned along with many others in St. Louis. Too bad! I have tried to learn about the Cadet Nurse Corps from general purpose reading.

Loreen Phillips Overstreet, EdD died in 2008. I never knew my mother to shy away from helping any form of medical need. Mother was the best nurse I ever saw and could save a life with her hands, her wit, and that "I'm In Charge" attitude. I would like to hear from anyone who knew her during her time in the U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps.

sjoverstreet@bellsouth.net


Diane Langley
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother died in November of 2012 at the age of 86. She was a graduate of Sacred Heart Hospital School of Nursing in Manchester, N.H., and became a Cadet Nurse in 1945. Her involvement as a Cadet Nurse was the beginning of a life long committment to veterans of all ages, their families and peace and justice issues. My mother served in NYC as a Cadet Nurse during 1945 and would have enjoyed military recognition of her service.


Florence Waters
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was a U.S. Cadet Nurse in 1944 and 1945 and completed my nursing at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, Colorado (1945).

A group of us VA nurses contacted as many as we could and got a bill passed in Congress that allowed nurses that worked in V.A. or government hospitals to add the years of service in Cadet Corps to their retirement -- if they were employed by federal government.

We were invited to attend the 50th anniversary of Cadet Nurses in Washington, D.C.

We did this before computers, but were able to contact many V.A. nurses around the country.

If there is any way to help or be a part of this group, please contact me.

Editor's Note: If you would like to contact Florence, please contact Elsie Szecsy for contact information. Florence does not have email access.


Elizabeth Bredlau Pevsner
U.S. Cadet Nurse

After six months of training, the student Cadet Nurses and interns ran Los Angeles County Hospital during WW2, which at the time was one of the largest hospitals in US or any where. We had excellent training.


Susan P. Muller, R.N.
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother was a Cadet Nurse: Salem Training School for Nurses, Salem, Massachusetts. Her name during that time was Florence Hilda Johnson. Her married name was F. Hilda Gutek (D.O.B. 5/18/26 D.O.D. 1/18/1977).  In addition, I am so desperate to find a nursing pin from her school (now defunct) to give to my niece who is a 3rd generation nurse. I am one also. Please post my mother's name to your list of Cadet nurses: if you know of anyone who went to that school or if  you know how I can find her nursing school pin, I would be very grateful.


Bonnie June [Smith] Hewitt
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I entered  The Cadet Nurse Program March 17 1944 after graduating from High School at Farley New Mexico at age 17. I enrolled in the Minnequa School Of Nursing, Corwin Hospital in Pueblo, Colorado, affiliated in Children's Hospital in Denver, Colorado. I spent the last 6 months in Boise, Idaho, at The Veterans Memorial Hospital. I graduated in March 1947. Married and raised 3 sons. I did not work until 1962. Worked in surgery at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eugene, Oregon, and until 1974 and then in a Urology Office in Eugene, Oregon until I retired in 1992. Nursing was my life, and I thank The Cadet Nursing Program for a wonderful education. It was a great program. I am now 87 years of age, enjoying retirement at my home in Eugene,Oregon, and staying pretty active. No one seems to know we ever existed, and I would very much like to be recognized. I also would like to contact some of my old classmates. There aren't many of us left and like the service men in WW2 we are falling fast.

bonshebadoo@centurylink.net


Anne Mandzak Kakos
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Always interested in Nursing (on the prevention of illness and injuries area). After completion of Cadet Nurse training (1943-1946), I was engaged in Public Health and as a School Nurse-Teacher. When I enlisted in the Cadet Nurse Corps, I believed it was the MIlitary Service since I pledged to serve to the end of WW II hostilities . I am on a mission to see that our U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps members (180,000 enlisted) will be remembered as serving our Nation during that "infamous time."  Many of my young fellow classmates left high school to serve this great Nation, and after graduation, I enlisted to be "one of them".

Anne Kakos received a Special Recognition Award to honor her service as a member of the World War II U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and her efforts to preserve the history of the Cadet Nurses. Since 2000, Kakos has been actively involved in the movement to have the members of the Cadet Nurse Corps officially recognized as veterans for their service during World War II. She has had numerous articles published in local papers and has been interviewed by several magazines. Representing members of the WWII Nurse Corps, Kakos testified at the 2009 House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Subcommittee hearings for the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corp Equity Act. The Yonkers City Council, the State Senate, the State Assembly, Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the Crestwood Historical Society have recognized her efforts. She completed her own three-year nursing course at Robert Packer Hospital in Sayre, Pa., as a U.S. Cadet Nurse in 1946.

See Congressman Eliot Engel's report on the November 3, 2013, event at which Anne Kakos was honored.


Donna Maloney
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother, Dorothy Backman Hampton, was a graduate of Samuel Merritt Hospital School of Nursing and a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps. She passed away in 2009. She was apparently used as a model for articles about San Francisco/ Oakland area hospitals.

I recently met with some people at Samuel Merritt University, and they are in the process of putting together something about the Corps as a number of their graduates were members.

I have already written to my Senator with little luck.

If there is anything I can do, please let me know.

donnam16551@aol.com


Laura Kovalik
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother Wilda Marie Billingsley was in the U.S. Cadet Nurse program at Martin's Ferry Hospital, Martin's Ferry, Ohio.

Beryl E Wauson
Mary Lynn Wauson Reid
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

I have a picture of my mother, Beryl E. Wauson in her uniform of the Cadet Nurse Corps, taken at Barnes Hospital in St. Louis, where she was completing her RN


Adrianne Orgettas
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother, Winnifred (Tyndall) Gies is a Cadet Nurse, Graduate 1947 / Wellesley Hospital, Wellesley, MA.
She was so happy to see a write up about the Cadet nurses and get together recently in MA.

Please send email to me at Anneco73@aol.com, and I will forward correspondence to her.


Joan Joubert
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse, Friend of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My cousin Eleanor Sargent and my friend Betty Rose Hayden Callahan were part of the cadet program.  It worries me that such a significant portion of nursing history may soon be lost to the ages.  I will submit photos soon.  I am in the process of gathering up data.

Betty Rose Hayden Callahan

 

 

Betty Rose Hayden Callahan


Martha Kimsey Bennett
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother, Helen Sophie Koziol (Kimsey) was a U.S. Cadet Nurse. She joined a small team of nurses and was assigned to the Blackfeet Indian Reservation (apprx. 1944), and later entered regular military service about the USAT Edmund B. Alexander transport ship.

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Gloria Faye Hendrix MacNeill
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I went to San Francisco Community College, then to Franklin School of Nursing in San Francisco for my R.N. I worked at the Naval Hospital in Riversity, California (NORCO0. I am actively working to obtain recognition for our service and was featured in a local  newspaper article on the subject (copy available on request).

gloriamacneill@yahoo.com


Marie Domenick Zeoli
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was a Cadet Nurse during WWII. I graduated from St. Francis School of Nursing in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 1948 class. I entered the Cadet Nurse program January 1945. I am 86 years young. I worked as an RN for 50 years and am now retired.


Col. Thomas J. Tredici USAF MC
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

I am Col. Thomas J. Tredici USAF MC (Ret) husband of Margaret DeSantis Tredici RN (Deceased). She trained at Duquesne University (BS) and at Mercy Hospital School of Nursing Pittsburgh (RN). In 1945 she was a member of the Cadet Nurse Corps at Deshown Army Hospital in Butler PA. At that time I was a pilot in the Eighth Airforce in the UK. We later married.

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Elizabeth Carignan Yeznach
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I attended St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Hartford, Connecticut from September 1943 to graduation in September 1946 with two classmates with whom I had gone through grammar and high school.

After graduation I worked at a Psychiatric Hospital and had a succession of positions in other nursing areas such as medical/surgical, obstetris, Private Duty and part time school nursing until my retirement in May 2009.

I have been involved in seeking recognition of the Cadet Nurses for a long time, even going to Washington to give testimony to the Armed Forces Committee. The 70th anniversity of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps is in 2013. I hope that this will be the year for some recognition.

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Lillian M. Sorensen Sizemore
U.S. Cadet Nurse, Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother Lillian M. 'Sorensen' Sizemore was a cadet nurse graduating 1946 from Trinity Lutheran Nursing School in Minot, ND.

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Millicent Stein nee Schuman
U.S. Cadet Nurse

My nursing school education was enabled by the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps, for which I am grateful. My expectation was to join the Army or Air Corps after graduation, which occurred in February 1947. Fortunately for everyone, the war was ended in 1945. One of my most treasured possessions is the recruitment poster of that era. Thank you for your work in obtaining recognition/benefits for members of the Corps.I am interested in progress to include our group as veterans.


Rand Noel
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother Neola L Noell entered the World War II Cadet Nurse Corps; attending Bishop Johnson College of Nursing 1944.
 


Mildred Shirley Liesman-Phillips
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I attended Brackenridge School of Nursing as a U S Cadet Nurse in Austin, Texas from 1943 to 1946. I graduated in a class of 31 nurses. After graduation I went to Kansas City for polio nursing. Returned home, married and continued my nursing career till 1984 when I retired.

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Dr. April Matthias
Researcher

I am completing research on the 1946 graduates of the Cadet Nurse Corps BSN program at the University of Cincinnati. Please contact me if you have any information about this graduating class or if you too graduated from any other BSN program through the Cadet Nurse Corps. Thank you!

matthiasa@uncw.edu
 


Sue McKelvey Ragsdale
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I would like to see bill passed for recognition of us as veterans . I joined the cadet corp in 1943 as a student nurse at Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing in Atlanta, Georgia. I graduated & became an R.N. in 1946. I married, had 3 children, finally taught pratical nursing in a Marietta, Georgia, techinal school and retired in 1988. I am retired and live in Marietta, Georgia, now am 89 yrs. old, have a little pet rescue Terrior/corgi named Carson. several great Grandchildren, 2 daughters.

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Eula Branham Baughman
U.S. Cadet Nurse, Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

Patty White writes: 

My mother Eula Branham Baughman was in the Cadet Nurse Corps in the mid 1940s. She trained in Newark Licking County, Ohio, and worked as a nurse until retirement, then volunteered as a nurse with hospice until they had paid nurses. She will be 88 years old in September 2012.
 


Connie Gause
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother, Evangeline Gause, was a member of the U. S. Cadet Nurse Corps and was so very proud of that fact. She did not complete service as she became pregnant with my sister and she was not allowed to continue. She had always wanted to be a nurse and serve her country so she finally got the opportunity to restart her nursing training in the 1960's. She went on to become an outstanding nurse and worked at the hospital at NAS Jacksonville, Florida, as well as other hospitals as a Nursing Supervisor.

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Mary Nell Davis
U.S. Cadet Nurse, Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother, Mary Nell Davis was a Cadet Nurse in Gainesville, Florida at Alachua General Hospital. She enlisted Sept. 3rd, 1945. I am interested in finding out more about this group.

by Mary Nell Davis' son, John Wells, jltwells@bellsouth.net

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Caroline Bradburn Bradford
U.S. Cadet Nurse

In June 1942, I graduated from high school-- on September 16, 1942, I entered Garfield Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Washington, DC. In July 1943, with much publicity, Mrs Bolton visited our Hospital and the students who wished to join pledged ourselves to serve in essential nursing for the duration of the war.  We were fitted (??) for uniforms (they were all too big!) which we wore with pride. We Cadets were the backbone of total patient care until our graduation in September, 1945. We worked 8 hours a day plus attended our classes and did our homework, often working until 11 pm and returning at 7 am. I served at Garfield Hospital in DC, Children's Hospital in Philadelphia, St. Elizabeth's Hospital in DC, and the last 6 months at Newton D Baker General Army Hospital, Martinsburg, WV, where we were assigned to Officer's quarters, Officer's mess, even subjected to a drill Sargent!  It was here that we welcomed and cared for survivors of the Baatan Death March, POWs from Germany, changed numerous orthopedic dressings, helped  many with eye injuries, as well as those with anxiety and psychiatric issues. We were welcomed at USO events. I planned to enlist in the Army Nurse Corps but fortunately The War ended so I applied to the Veterans' Administration and was sent to Winter General Hospital in Topeka, Kansas. My time in the Cadet Nurse Corps had a defining influence on the way I approached the rest of my life.

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Jane Knox Carson
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was in the Cadet Nurse Corp at Keuka College, NY.


Betty Wilde
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother, Anita Marie Hoelscher Book was in the Cadet Nurse Corps. She trained at Providence Hospital in Waco, TX. The war ended and she never had to serve but she became a wonderful nurse working in San Angelo, TX.


Frances Herman Rosenberg
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I graduated high school in 1945 and was accepted into the U.S. Cadet Corps to be trained for nursing in Mt. Sinai of Cleveland, Ohio, when World War II was won. My friend and I were excited to learn we would be in the last class and would be able to become nurses. I was issued a uniform which was too big but I wore it home to the delight of my parents. I think that was the only time I wore it. The Corps shaped my life as I couldn't afford to become a nurse without it. I don't know what job or career I would have landed in.

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Lucille Muriel Knutson Barnett
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was in the Cadet Nurse Corps at the University of Minnesota from June 1945 to June 1948. I had signed up for the Marine Corps but the war was over before I graduated. I was sent to the Knoxville, Iowa Veterans Hospital where I served the last 6 months of my Cadet Corp time.  After my graduation I continued working at the Veterans hospital. I had four brothers who served during the war years on active duty. I support  H. R. 1718 Cadet Nurses Corp Act.


Nancy Heard
Researcher

I am writing a history of the Cadet Nurse Corps in the Deep South for my MA thesis. If anyone is interested or knows of anyone who might be interested in being interviewed, I would greatly appreciate you contacting me at njt50@msstate.edu.


Carolyn Lenora Goosic Andelt
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was in Cadet Nurse Corps 1945-1948 Graduated Lincoln General Hospital Lincoln, Nebraska, in 1948 with RN. My nursing career includes general hospital-US Army Hospital-VA Hospital-Office nurse EENT including assistant at all surgeries-Public School Nurse-surgery assistant for oral surgeon.


Shevaun Horan Beck
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I attended Santa Rosa School of Nursing from 1944-1947.  Although this was a diploma school it was part of Incarnate Word College (now known as The University of the Incarnate Word).  Because of the Associate Degree in Science that I earned from San Antonio Junior College, I was placed in a very small group of other students who had college credits.  We attended special classes as well as regular classes with the other students.  In 1944, 120 students were admitted to the USCNC and in 1947 80 of us graduated.  Three of us received a BSN  from Incarnate Word College as well as a diploma from Santa Rosa School of Nursing. In 1972, I was awarded a MS in Education from A&I university-Kingsville and in 1987 a PhD in Nursing from University of Texas-Austin. I taught nursing for 35 years and retired in 1995 from Texas A&M-Corpus Christ.  

I hope the billl passes.


Charlotte Savage Bourne
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I am a 1945 graduate of Salem Hospital School of Nursing in Massachusetts. I was a U.S. Cadet Nurse during nurse's training and am very proud that I wore the uniform of a cadet nurse.
 

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Dorothy Heiliger Mericle
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I graduated from high school in 1945 and immediately enlisted in the Cadet Nurse Corp. I was just seventeen years and four months! Nebraska had a minimum age of 17 1/2 to enter the Corp, without special consent. My nurses training was provided at Lincoln (Nebraska) General Hospital, with special courses at the University of Nebraska. I completed my training in the fall of 1948, which after passing State Board exams was certified as a Register Nurse. The war being over. I did serve at Lincoln General Hospital, transferring to Riverside (California) Community Hospital and finally completed my career as a Pediatrics Nurse with 26 years of service! Without the Nurse Corp, I would not have had the opportunity to pursue this excellent profession!
 


Kathleen O'Neill Lynch
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I joined the Cadet Nurse Corps in february 1944 and graduated from Jersey City Hospital in 1947.
 

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Doris Spengler Wolfe
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps in Feb.1944 at Allentown General Hospital in Allentown, Pennsylvania, and finished my training there in 1947. Then I was appointed Head Nurse of the male Surgical floor—also became a licensed X-ray Technician. I spent my last 17 years running the X-Ray Dept in a State Mental Institution—under a Radiologist—and retired in 1987.
 


Lola Brillhart
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I joined the Corps in 1944 and would like to help keep the corps memories alive and would like to be included in list of people that helped  make the corps what it was and still is.


Elaine Firestone Grollman
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was in the Cadet Nurse Corps from 1944 to 1947. I trained at Sinai Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, and worked in New York at Mt Sinai Hospital for a year and returned to Sinai until 1954. I did not nurse after that. I got married and lived in Stevensville, Maryland. I am now living in Deerfield Beach Fl. I am interested in whatever is going on.


Dorothy Gale
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I joined the CNC in 1944 at Deaconess Hospital, Evansville, Indiana. The war ended while I was still in school so I continued my training there and worked there until I married.


Jacqueline Carroll Bennett
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Jacqueline Carroll Bennett was part of the class of 1947 at Roger Williams General Hospital School of Nursing, Providence, Rhode Island.


Margaret Gallagly Shea
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Margaret Gallogly Shea attended the Roger Williams General Hospital School of Nursing in Providence, Rhode Island from 1944, and she graduated in 1947.


Thelma Edwards Lanigan
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Thelma Edwards Lanigan received her nurse training at the Roger Williams General Hospital School of Nursing, Providence, Rhode Island. She graduated in 1947.


Donna Chamberlain Otley
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was enrolled in the Cadet Nurse Corp at Flower Hospital Toledo, Ohio, from 1944 to 1947.


Genevieve K. Ness Hitchcock
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I entered Nurse's Training in March of 1945 at St. Luke's Hospital in Duluth, MN and graduated  in March of 1948. I became a surgical nurse in Grand Rapids, MN before I married.I have also worked in California and Texas in various areas of nursing-retiring in 1978.


Helen Zitzelberger Eckley
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I had 3 years of diploma nursing under the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. I feel I would not have been able to bcome a nurse if it had not been for the US NURSE CORPS. We had every service related to patient care. I remained at the Clearfield Hospital for 40 years after graduating in 1947. During this time, i started as a  charge nurse, continuing to be suupervisor, and the last 16 years as a diector of nursing. I also have a BS and MS in science. It has been great.


Phyllis Aronhime
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I graduated from Sinai Hospital school of Nursing in Baltimore, Md. in 1947.

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Martha-Jane Ekstrand
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Martha-Jane worked at the neighborhood drug store during high school. She also published service information in the Greenwood News, a small local paper providing location and news of service men and women. After graduating from high school in 1943, she enrolled in the Roger Williams General Hospital School of Nursing in Providence, RI, where she was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. She had affiliations with the Yale School of Nursing and the State Mental Hospital. She was one of six in her class who spent six months of training at a USVA Hospital. MJ worked at the USVA Hospital in the Bronx, NY, and after graduation worked there as a Staff Nurse on the Thoracic Surgery unit.

After the war she sailed as a Ship's Nurse aboard the USAT General Harry Taylor out of New York. The ship carred 1200+ displaced persons from camps in Europe to ports in the USA and Australia. During the '50s and '60s, she worked in the airline industry as flight nurse or flight attendant. She also held administrative positions based in Amman, Jordan; West Berlin, Germany; and Shannon, Ireland.

In the '70s and '80s, MJ held administrative positions related to nursing. She retired in 1988 as Director of Risk Management and Loss Control at Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts.


Dorothy Harrington Hall
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I joined the Corps when I entered the Massachusetts General Hospital School of Nursing in 1943 having graduated from high school.  After my graduation from MGH I spent 2 years at home caring for my mother who had terminal Cancer.  Following her death I did institutional nursing in the OR, head nursing in a couple of hospitals in NYC; Washington, DC; and Sarasota, Fl.  While in NYC I became  a student for a BS degree at New York University and then for my Master's Degree at Columbia University.  After that I became a Director of Nursing at a Public Health Nursing Agency in Massachusetts for 7 years before becoming a Public Health Nursing consultant for the Massachusetts State Department of Public Health and then finally the District Health Officer working with 67 local communities of the Northeast Region of the state to help them upgrade local services, also overseeing a regional staff of 35plus.  I retired in 1988 after 40 plus years in nursing, mostly in Public Health.  I am now widowed and enjoying a life of volunteerism with the local community, especially through our Senior Center.  I have also been involved in local town committees, etc., and enjoying my retirement doing a lot of travel at home and abroad.
 

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Jan Greenberg
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Jan Greenberg graduated from high school in 1945 and was already scheduled to enter the Cadet Nurse Corps at Newton Wellesley Hospital but the war ended before classes got started. Each student was immediately contacted and assured that the end of hostilities did nothing to ease the critical shortage of nurses. She was still needed as other personnel would be transferred to military and veterans hospitals.

"We would often work second and third shifts with no supervision of RNs," she noted, and had to balance that with the demands of accelerated classes.

But it was everything an aspiring future nurse could hope for, an opportunity that might not have been possible except for the government program and she was determined to make the best of it.

Coming to Foxboro in 1950, Jan did floor duty at Sturdy Memorial Hospital in Attleboro and served throughout the facility.

An unusual opportunity presented itself when the Department of Mental Health opened Walnut Lodge, once part of the state farm on Walnut Street, as a geriatrics nursing home. The purpose was to create a model of care for the elderly just as the nursing home industry began to gain momentum. It was a unique experience, in that she served geriatrics clients as well as patients from the Foxborough State Hospital.

Having had psychiatric training in addition to nursing, she asked for a transfer with the opening for her specialty in the Dexter Building, the hospital unit of the state hosptial. She worked there for many years until transferred to the Brockton Multi Service Center at Taunton in 1970. As the operation of the Foxboro facility was closing down, the Taunton unit closed and Jan retired after 30 years of service with the state.

She launched a volunteer involvement with Operation Reassurance, making daily phone calls to check on local seniors that lasted 20 years.

-adapted from The Foxboro Reporter, Thursday, November 12, 2009, p. 5

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Kitty Larkin Carbone
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Only 17 when graduating from Malden High School, Kitty entered the Cadet Nurse Program at Lawrence Memorial Hospital for her accelerated training. "There were no aides, no LPN," she recalls. "We did it all. We cared for the whole patient" but she found it to be good teaching and good discipline that benefitted her career as a nurse.

It was a challenge, balancing the hours of accelerated instruction in the classroom with long shifts with large numbers of patients to care for in the hospital but the driving force remained the rush to get certified and thus increase the labor pool of nurses. The need was just as critical immediately following the end of hostilities with enrollments at peak levels in civilian, military, and veterans hospitals. Following graduation, she worked in Pediatrics at the Boston Floating Hospital.

Kitty joined the U.S. Air Force Nurse Corps following the war and was commissioned a 2nd Lt. in the Reserves, but her unit was never activated. Most of her working life was spent at the New England Medical Center, most of that time on the front lines in the emergency room. Later service would be in area nursing homes which were also closer to home.

Many years had passed since that young girl sought the realization of her dreams through the Cadet Nurse Corps and she can look back on a long career of dedicated service that took root in an effort to help America win the war.

-adapted from The Foxboro Report, Thursday, November 12, 2009, p. 5

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Betty Jefferson Truax
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Growing up in Westwood, the nurse we would come to know as Betty Truax was a child of the Depression. Born in 1927, she was a freshman in high school before her father ever held a full-time job.

"My parents did not have the money for me to go to college," she recalls, and there was little talk of anything other than getting a job when she graduated from high school in 1944. If she had the opportunity to pursue a career, it would have been nursing.

Her life took a dramatic change for the better when, faced with a critical shortage of nurses throughout civilian and military hospitals, the U.S. Government initiated the Victory Nurse Corps, later renamed the Cadet Nurse Corps. For those willing to accept the demands of an accelerated training program while working the wards of the teaching hospital, the Victory Nurse Corps offered a monthly stipend of $15 that would increase to $20 per month after the first year and $25 thereafter.

She entered nurses training at Mass Memorial Hospitals, now part of New England Medical. "The hospital provided our white uniforms to wear while on duty," she recalls, "and the Cadet Nurse Corps provided our brown dress uniforms." They would be the youngest of uniformed participants in the war effort.

Her devotion to nursing continued throughout her working life, working for several years in the office of Dr. Robert Hayward before joining the local school system. She spent 10 years as a school nurse at the elementary level and another 10 with junior high students. "Oh, how Iloved those students," she said.

Betty looks back fondly on the opportunities afforded her through the Cadet Nurse Corps to not only make a direct contribution to the war effort but to fulfill a dream she never thought would be realized, that of becoming a nurse.

-excerpt from Jack Authelet, The Foxboro Reporter, Thursday, November 19, 2009


Dorothy Bell Lewolt
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I trained in Bellevue School of Nursing, NYC from June '45 to June '48.  I worked at Gouveneur Hospital on Water Street in NYC, married raised 5 sons, and moved to California in l960.  There I received my Bachelor of Arts degree with Health Education major from California  State Northridge (formerly SF Valley State) in June, l964.  I had a 20 year career as a School Nurse Educator.


Isabelle E Haynes
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I started with USCNC in 1943 graduated 1946. I have been in the Harvard Nurses' Health Study for years. Curious as to what's going on.


Shirley Frank O'Keefe
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I graduated from Syracuse Memorial Hospital in June 1945. By then the war was over, so I served by staffing the hospital during my training. Some of my classmates went on to a stateside, Army or Navy facility during an active cadet period. I chose to serve at home by working on Obstetrics and caring for active servicemen's wives. I chose to leave the Corps when my fiancee returned home from active duty overseas in the European theatre of action. We were married and soon began our family. Several of my classmates (there aren't that many of us left), also served in the corps.


Rosemary Minsky
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother Marie Moore (maiden name) age 88 yrs joined the Cadet Nurse Corps while in training at Charles Wilson Hospital Johnson City New York.  She contacted the hospital but they had no information.  Is there anywhere a list of those who in the Corp with her at this hospital.


Mark Almy
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother, Barbara Louise Hofstra Almy, often spoke of her service as a cadet nurse but I really never put much recognition towards it since I never really heard much about it until now. My late father and myself are both veterans. My father passed away in 2003 from Alzheimer's but my mother continued living at the same house (my wife and I were with her there)  until a weak heart and Alzheimer's also took her. She is now is with the man she shared so much love for. I miss them both very much.

Thank you for caring enough to allow me to share this with you. As a veteran myself I feel the Cadet Nurses should be honored for their duty to our country as all of our veterans are remembered.

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Florence Ruth Nudelman Kornblatt
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Photo of Florence Nudelman KornblattMy name is Florence Nudelman Kornblatt.  I was born and raised in Scranton, PA.  When I graduated from high school in January, 1943, I took a job at a clothing factory making servicemen’s uniforms, unsure whether I would have sufficient funds to continue my education.  I saved enough for my first year of school and   enrolled in the Hahnemann Hospital School of Nursing at the end of the summer. 

I enlisted in the nurse cadet corps as soon as the program was initiated.  The educational benefit made it possible for me to continue my education with certainty that the necessary financial resources were in place.  

Our class was the first in our area to take our pre-clinical training on a college campus.  I will never forget the pride and joy I felt when I put on my uniform and realized I was officially a part of the war effort.  I was serving to protect and care for my country and those who had been wounded in our defense.  I was prepared to go whenever and wherever I was needed for as long as I was needed. 

In the winter of 1946, the last 6 months of my training were spent on the Turtle Mountain Indian Reservation in Belcourt, ND.  I worked with the Chippewa Indians. Two other students in my class were assigned to veterans’ hospitals closer to home.  I was a small town girl who had never traveled alone; certainly not on a solo trip cross-country by train.  When I arrived, it was 20 degrees below zero.  I remember the ambulance that picked me up was an old station wagon. 

There were two physicians on staff and they rotated admissions. Nurse cadets from other parts of the United States were arriving daily.  During my time of service, one of the physicians became ill and we all assumed more responsibility until another physician could be assigned.  We did whatever was necessary to maintain patient care with no lapse in service.  

After graduation in 1946, I married and continued to work to supplement our family’s income.  In 1962, my husband passed away and I had to support and educate my two children. My nursing profession became a lifeline for my children and me.  I continued to use my skills after retirement, volunteering with hospice as an ombudsman, a trainer, and a lecturer.

I am now 87 years old.  It pains me to know that my service and those of my fellow cadets has never been acknowledged.  I don’t know how many of us are still alive, but I feel we deserve this recognition.


Douglas L Emerson, Jr.
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother, Elaine Etter Emerson, took training at the Alexandria Hospital School of Nursing in Alexandria, Virginia.  She traveled from her hometown of Waynesboro, Pa. in 1944 and graduated in 1946.  She stayed in Alexandria where she worked in the hospital ER and married a fireman.  She started a family of 3 in 1949 and remained in nursing for 35 years.  I am very proud to be the son of a Cadet Nurse.  I have supported the cause to get them recognized as "home front" veterans and in 2002 was able to get the Senate of Virginia to pass a joint proclamation #230 recognizing the contributions Cadet Nurses have made to this country.  I will always support the cause for just recognition.  Thank you to all of the CADET NURSES. Thank you mom.


Rita Salvo
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was a student nurse in Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y. during the war and a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. Our only obligation was to stay in essential nursing for the remainder of World War II. During my last six months of training, a group of us was allowed to spend it at the V.A. hospital in the Kingsbridge area of the Bronx, right on the Hudson River. We took care of the veterans who were wounded in the war -- paraplegics, amputees, T.B. of the bone, and all kinds of injuries. I met Gus, my husband, through on eof my roommates, and we were married in 1949. He is now 95 years old and still active. He had spent three years on a destroyer in the Pacific (U.S.S. Bagley 386). The ship received 12 battle stars for all the engagements in the Pacific, including the attack on Pearl Harbor. Gus has 11 battle stars as he joined the ship after Pearl Harbor. The Bagley was in the harbor at the battle of Iwo Jima and Gus saw (through binoculars) the raising of the flag on Mt. Suribachi.

We moved from Yonkers, N.Y. to Ahwatukee, which is a retirement complex in Phoenix, Arizona, in 1979. We have enjoyed our lifestyle here and have adapted to the hot summer temperatures. Our son and his family (three grandkids and wife, Sue) still live in Westchester County, N.Y. and come to visit as often as they can.

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Martha Mary Zika Kehl
U.S. Cadet Nurse

From childhood, Martha always knew she wanted to be a nurse. At the Aultman School of Nursing in Canton, Ohio, she joined the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and served at the Wood Veterans Hospital in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1945. After her service at Wood Hospital, Martha returned to Canton to marry, to raise 5 children and to a long career in nursing. Mom is extremely proud of her service to her country in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps.

Contributed by Dave Kehl

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Vera Peltz Amyotte
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Vera Peltz Amyotte always wanted to be a nurse, but she didn't know when she entered Bethesda Hospital School of Nursing in St. Paul, Minnesota in 1942 that her nursing career would lead to a stint in the nearly 180,000-strong U.S Cadet Nurse Corps...

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Dorothy Griffin Utz
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Dorothy Griffin Utz was recently designated a member of the Special Honor Roll of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and received membership in the Women in Military Service for America Memorial in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Utz was recognized for her militarized service in the U.S. Public Health Service from 1943 to 1946.Mrs. Utz is the widow of the late Dr. John P. "Jack" Utz, a physician she met at the Massachusetts Memorial Hospital in Boston in 1947 and married later that year. The couple had five children. During their career Dorothy and her husband served at medical facilities in Rochester, MN; Bethesda, MD; Paris, France; Richmond, VA; and Washington, D.C.

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Marie Fehlow
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was eager to join the Cadet Nurse Corps in 1943 when Congress passed the Bolton Act. The stipend attracted me! Do I remember correctly? Ten dollars a month 1st year of training, $15/month 2nd year, and $20/month 3rd year. My sister had joined the WAAC, and I was ready to go!

By the time I was graduated, 1946, the war was over, and I had moved up to charge nurse in the delivery room at Quincy City Hospital, but I didn't want to live in the same house, same street, same town all my life. So I spend many a day off at the Boston Army Base saying, "Here I am!" Two years later, May 1948, they called me and with two weeks' notice off I went.

I met my husband, career army, before I finished basic training at the Medical Field Service School, Fort Sam Houston, Texas, but I had joined the army to see the world, and I said good bye. No need to go on, but I had a wonderful military wife life, and it all started with the Cadet Nurse Corps!

I am a charter member of the Women's Memorial.

They say I'm known in the community for my volunteerism supporting Jordan Hospital, the Friends of the Council on Aging, Cranberry Hospice and other organizations.

I was born in Plymouth to Italian immigrants and am a mother of three and a community activist.

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Bette Girmscheid Murray
U.S. Cadet Nurse

After graduation in 1946, I was a surgical nurse for several years and then worked as “The Nurse” for a couple of Urological Specialists. Then I got married and moved onto other nursing positions: In-service Education at a Children’s Hospital; some long term work in a doctor’s office; and finally back to a hospital and bedside nursing as night supervisor. I was fortunate in this position to be offered the opportunity to be in the first graduating class of CCU Nurses in the 60’s. Then my husband died. After several years in ICU/CCU, I moved into the field of chemical dependency where I spent the remainder of my career as an educator/supervisor until the hospital closed. After that I did some part time Home Health nursing until 1999 when I suffered a massive stroke and have been fully retired since then. I made a remarkable recovery and now keep busy in the community and in my high school and nursing school alumni associations with volunteer projects.

Nursing has been a wonderful life for me and I am grateful to the U.S. Cadet Nurse Program for providing me with a fulfilling profession.

This picture was taken on location sometime after we got our uniforms. How proud we were to wear them.

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Elizabeth Jean Rushing Milligan
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I trained at the Methodist Hospital of Dallas School of Nursing and completed my training in the last U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps class. Our commencement exercises were the last of this program.

Surgeon General Thomas Parran wrote to us in his farewell message: 

A memorable chapter of the Nation's wartime history will close when the final Cadet Nurse class graduates in 1948. Although this nurse training program is ending, the 125,000 nurses educated under its aegis will exert a great influence for a long time to come. Your trained skills will add to our national story of health and happiness. As members of the nursing profession, you will carry considerable prestige in your communities. Because of this capacity for service and your position in community life, you, as a nurse, also will have a heavier share of responsibility than the average citizen. I am confident that you will discharge this responsibility with distinction.

In sending this farewell message, I should like to express to Cadet Nurses everywhere my appreciation and that of the Public Health Service for the contributions you already have made to humanity and to your country. I add my hope that the rewarded career you have chosen will continue to be a lasting source of satisfaction.

Commencement Exercise of Last U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps Class (3.77 MB)

U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps March, commissioned especially for the last U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps class (6.56 MB)

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Madene Briggs
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I trained at Barre City Hospital in Barre, Vermont, from 1943 to 1946. As a Senior Cadet, I spend six months at Boston City Hospital.

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Evla Lole MacPherson McMillan
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I joined the Cadet Nurse Corps at Charity Hospital School of Nursing in New Orleans, LA, on August 6, 1945 at the age of 17 after completing a year and a half of college at the University of Florida, Gainesville, during the summer of 1944 and two semesters at Florida State College for Women (now FSU) 1944-1945.

During my Senior Cadet period (last six months) at Kennedy VA Hospital in Memphis, TN, I was diagnosed with tuberculosis. I probably contacted it while on my assignment at Dibert, the Tuberculosis part of Charity in New Orleans, which occurred just a few weeks before being sent to Memphis. I was put on bed rest at the VA hospital and treated with streptomycin (new at the time) and subsequently sent back to Charity with my other classmates when our 6 months was over. I was put on another 6 months of bed rest, sent home for more bed rest and eventually returned to Charity to finish the last couple of months' training in 1949. I had already graduated in 1948 before being sent to Memphis.

I returned to my grandparents' home in Alachua, FL, and found employment as a Public Health Nurse (which I loved doing) at the Alachua county Health Department, where I worked off and on for the next four years between two pregnancies. During my third pregnancy, my husband insisted I remain home to raise our (eventually 5) children. When my youngest was in kindergarten, I returned to nursing and worked floor duty at Alachua General Hospital in Gainesville, FL for a year. I then returned home to care for my family, which now included a widowed, blind father-in-law. After my children finished high school, I took a refresher course in nursing, including a BSN from the University of Florida and worked 9 more years at North Florida Regional Medical Center in Gainesville. Again I returned home, this time to care for my husband who had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. I was happey to be able to give him the love and care I had learned as a nurse with all necessary equipment provided by the local VA (my husband was a Marine during WWII).

I have been a widow for seven years, and have fond memories of nursing and having been a part of the US Cadet Nurse Corps of WWII. It was hard as we worked 48-hour weeks with time off duty only to attend classes. We were the hospital staff during this critical time in our nation's history. I hope HR 1718 passes and gives proper recognition to those cadet nurses who worked so hard.

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Betty Louise Dilgard Keener
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I trained at Samaritan Hospital in Ashland, Ohio, 1944-1947. I spent my Senior Cadet service at Fort Defiance, Arizona! I married and of my six children, one is a nurse and two more granddaughters are nurses.

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Isabel Cradduck Cicero
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I completed my nurse training at the Alfred University School of Nursing in 1948. Due to the war ending I was not required to enlist in military service. However, while undergoing our training we were required to volunteer at the local hospital due to the shortage of nurses. My training included affiliations with Children's Hospital, Philadelphia, PA (Pediatrics); Willard State Hospital, NY (Psychiatry); and Tuberculosis Hospital, Mt. Morris, NY (Contagious Diseases).

I would not have been able to receive my nursing education if not for the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and gone on to serve many hours in Nursing and at age 60 formed a business to make it possible for the elderly to remain at home versus a nursing home. The business completed 25 years of service in April 2012.

My life has been truly blessed and much credit goes to my education as a Cadet in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps.

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Marie Creamer March
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Marie Creamer March was in the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps from 1943 to 1946. Her training days were filled with a lot of work at Cooley Dickinson Hospital in Northampton, Massachusetts. Other training locations included: West Roxbury Women & Children's Hospital (pediatrics) in Boston; also Charfles V. Chapin Hospital in Rhode Island for contagious diseases. 


Myrl C Mallory
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Myrl C Mallory was a member of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. She is 94 years old and lives in an assisted living home near her daughter. She graduated from the Georgia Baptist School of Nursing (now Mercer University School of Nursing) and served at St. Albans Naval Hospital, Long Island, New York. She served as a Public Health nurse in Thomaston, GA until her retirement.

Posted May 10, 2012


Mary Eloise Syester Bathurst
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I attended Michael Reese Hospital School of Nursing, Chicago, Illinois, and was a member of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps-March 1944-1947. The last six months of school my service was at the United States Veterans Administration Hospital in Downey, Illinois. Following graduation I worked another year at the VA Hospital. Being a nurse had been my dream. I continued my nursing career and after retirement was a volunteer nurse at a clinic.

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Nancy W. Habelt
U.S. Cadet Nurse

In 1943 I was working for the Navy Department. I had always wanted to be a nurse, but couldn't afford the education then. I heard about the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps and jumpted at the chance to go to American University for nine months of classes. Then I went to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington, D.C. for my nurses training and more college classes. All the hosptials in the U.S. needed nurses due to World War II. Wed did so much to help our country and the hospital staffing. We trained just like all the other branches of the service. We are all in our 80s now and would like to be recognized in some small way before we die. I would be happy with a Cadet Nurse Flag or a medal. I gave up a good paying job at the Navy Department to help my country during the war.


Vera Nickels
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Vera graduated in 1944 from the Deaconess Hospital School of Nursing in Spokane, Washington. Vera's graduation was held at Gonzaga University in Spokane. Vera then worked at the Seattle Marine Hospital in surgery.

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Norma Ash
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I received my training at the Grace Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit, Michigan, from 1945-1948.

I am still trying to get my son to find the album of our service years: my husband in the Seabees in Pearl Harbor and me in Grace Hospital in Detroit, Michigan. I wrote a book—The Girl in the White Hat—two copies for family. I've written 12 other books—not published.

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Lenora Langhorne (Humphreys)
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Lenora Langhorne Humphreys trained at Creedmore State Hospital, February 1945 - February 1948. She was born in Saint Albans, Queens, New York, and hoped to be called to join the Army. She worked for 10 years after graduation. She currently runs classes at the center whe lives (Exercise and Calligraphy) and is in a group called the Sewing "Bs."

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Jeanne Wright Mackey
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I began my training at Latrobe Hospital School of Nursing, Latrobe, Pennsylvania, on September 11, 1944.


Rosemarie Battaglia
U.S. Cadet Nurse

When I attended the first day tea party (August 15, 1945) at Quincy City Hospital with the starched and very proper Miss Potter I had no idea what the future held for me. The first surprise was that evening turned out to be VJ Day. My vision of wearing the sharp gray and red dress uniform vanished—blue and white checked dress with a white apron and black shoes and stockings were all we had (oh yes, I forgot the heavily starched attachable collars—painful).

All these many years later I'm still appreciative of the start Cadet Corps afforded me and the education and training Quincy City Hospital School of Nursing provided. I pursued my profession in so many different roles over the fifty-six years I was active and always knew that QCH had basically prepared me for anything.


Doris E. Wightman
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I received my nurse training at the Bishop Johnson College of Nursing at the Hospital of the Good Samaritan, Los Angeles, California, from 1944 to 1947.

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Rose Mary Tyndall
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was a member of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps from 1944-1947. I became a staff, then research nurse, then a charge nurse, and then a public health nurse in New York City. When the Korean War came along, I joined the United States Army Nurse Corps.Remember that "Justice delayed is justice denied."


Emma E Wagner
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Gerry Wagner and I did not serve in miltary, since the war ended in the middle of our education. We graduated and got RNs from the Grant Hospital School of Nursing, Columbus, Ohio. But we went where we were assigned


Hilda Crane Lineweaver
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Hilda Crane trained at the Jefferson Medical College Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania from 1944 to 1947. She served in the Reserve for a number of years and spent a lot of weekends in field hospitals.


Viola Supeau
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I am a retired School Nurse-Teacher (27½ yrs) from the Mt Vernon Bd of Education. I then worked with the Community Opportunity Program as a nurse at Whitney Young Head Start Program and the St. Joseph's Children Center.

I started volunteering long before I retired in 2000. I volunteer with the Visiting Nurses, doing blood pressure screening and counseling at our two senior centers in Harrison, N.Y. I also volunteer at the following places: 

  • Lord's pantry (making sandwiches and meals for H.I.V. patients and families).
  • White Plains Hospital - as Eucharistic Minister
  • West Harrison Senior Center every Thursday.
  • Westchester Community College (at the Italian Club)
  • SOS Medicare - "Senior Out Speaking" on Medicare  (started in 2000).

In 2005 I was inducted in Westchester County Senior Hall of Fame (special recognition)

2003 I received the "Book of Golden Deeds" by The Exchange Club

I received a BSN from St. John's University in 1961.

In 1964 I received an M.A. from New York University. I was inducted into the Kappa Delta Pi - International Honor Society of Education.


Phyllis K Heusinkveld Provenzano
U.S. Cadet Nurse

As a student nurse cadet, we replaced R.N.s for general duty when a World War I Reserve unit from our hospital was reactivated and sent abroad in World War II.

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Blanche Haertsch
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I am a graduate of Germantown Hospital and Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, class of 1948. We have so many little stories of interest. The sound of a piercing GONG going off at 10 p.m. we had to be in our rooms. At 10:30 p.m. GONG meant, all lights out.  If we needed more study time, it was underneath our blankets with the aid of a flashilight.

My two sisters and I were very fortunate and proud to be Cadet Nurses and have many fond memories.

I thank you.

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Charlotte E Stryker Blaser
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Charlotte Blaser joined the first class of Cadet Nurses at Russell Sage College in Troy. Blaser said she knew she wanted to be a nurse before the attack on Pearl Harbor launched the United States into World Warr II. This desire turned into a patriotic duty when as many as 250,000 nurses were sent to the front lines to care for troops, leaving such a void on the homefront that hospitals in the United States were canceling immunizations and even closing down. 

Cadet Nurses were anything but coddled. They worked six days a week, taking classes during the day and putting their knowledge tot he test, working weekend and evening shifts at hospitals. Blaser said the physical and mental stress was too demanding for some women, and not everyone made it through the whole program.  Read more

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Shirley M Woodruff Suskind
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Student Nurse, Fairview Park Hospital, Cleveland, Ohio, 1943-1946

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Agnes Michon Viada
U.S. Cadet Nurse

 


Elizabeth Damon Beecher
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I entered Massachusetts Memorial Hospital School of Nursing February of 1943. The following September I joined the Cadet Corps. In 1945 after 2½ years of training I was sent to the U.S. Marine Hospital, Staten Island, NY. In March of 1946 I received my R.N. and remained at the hospital until 1948. At that time I transverred to the Marine Hospital, Brighton, MA and was there until 1960.

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Minnie B Carter
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I support H.R. 1718 United States Cadet Nurse Corps Equity Act because I served from 1944-1947. Forty-eight hour work weeks were the norm and our schedules were based on a combination of classes and clinical experience. I was one of the Cadet Nurses who provided 80% nursing care in our nation's hospitals and helped to integrate many hospitals. I have and still am working with former Cadet Nurses to get a bill passed in Congress. The year 2007 was our eighth act introduced into the House of Representatives for recognition. We as veterans deserve to be recognized. It has been quite a struggle.

I am a charter member of the Women's Memorial (1997).

I, with a group of 12 veterans of all ranks was honored as a guest speaker to the Library of Congress Project. I was the only Cadet Nurse. Videos were taken and the pictures of my speech will be in the Library of Congress Project.

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Persida Novakovich Drakulich, Ph.D., R.N.
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was very proud to wear the uniform of the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps while training at St. Mark's Hospital, affiliated with the University of Utah and founded by Bolten Act and administered by the U.S. Public Health Service. WWII ended and my naval officer husband and I moved to San Diego, CA, while he was staioned at the U.S. Naval Hospital. My nursing career in public health was payback tim to our U.S. Public Health Service.

My Bio

  • Orphaned at age 7
  • Joined the United States Cadet Nurse Corps during WWII at age 17
  • 32 years directing school health promotion/risk reduction and disease prevention programs in San Diego Unified School District and California State Department of Education in Sacramento
  • Professor of Health Science at San Diego State University
  • California State Attorney General's Drug Prevention Commission
  • California State Attorney General's Child Abuse Prevention Commission
  • City of San Diego Board Chairmanships
  • Chair - City of San Diego Drug Prevention Board
  • Chair - City of San Diego Neighborhood Pride and Protection Advisory Board
  • Chair - Scripps Memorial Hospital, La Jolla
  • Chair - National Advisory Board for McDonald Center for Alcohol & Drug Treatment
  • Past President - Kiwanis Club, Downtown San Diego
  • Married 46 years - widow, 2 sons (both lawyers, 4 grandsons: 1 grandson is also a lawyer

 

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Elaine K Christensen Elliott
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Elaine Christensen Elliott attended the University of California at San Francisco School of Nursing from October 1944 to February 1947.


Agnes Satran Cook
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I was in the Nurse Cadet program. I entered in July 1945 and got my three years in when the War was over in August 1945. I was a Cadet Nurse in Grand Forks, North Dakota—Deaconess Hospital. I was in nursing for 43 years.

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Anna Mae Schurko
U.S. Cadet Nurse

As a member of the Corps working in a hospital in Scranton, Pennsylvania, Anna Mae Schurko remembers performing every task of a nurse from bathing and treatments to obstetrics and pediatrics. She worked 12-hour shifts and went to class at night. “Because of the Corps, nurse education improved, standards were higher and our country’s hospitals stayed intact,” she said. Dubbed the “Forgotten Angels,” members of the United States Cadet Nurse Corps never received benefits for their service during World War II. However, many took their state board exams and became registered nurses after the war. Schurko was a nurse for 50 years. Read more

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Eleanor Sargeant
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Before she dies, Eleanor Sargent wants to see herself and tens of thousands of other women who served in the Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II be recognized as veterans. Sargent said she doesn't want compensation or benefits — she just wants her group to be recognized for the history books. "Already people don't know who the cadet nurses are," she said. "We don't want to be forgotten."

Sargent served from 1943-46 at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor, Maine. She said the experience was invaluable, as she went on to work a variety of jobs in the nursing field. She traveled across the country as an anesthesiologist, working in Georgia, California, and Alaska, among other places. She also worked in El Salvador with the Feed the Children missionary medical team.

At 84, Sargent is one of the youngest living women to have served in the nurse corps. Others are 100 and older — which is why Sargent wishes lawmakers would fast-track one of the bills that would grant them veteran status."There aren't too many of us left," she said.  Read more

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Arlene Mayer Specht
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Arlene Mayer Specht recalled how Uncle Sam came along with some valued financial assistance during World War II when she was wondering how she was going to pay for her nursing education. Joining the United States Cadet Nurse Corps gave her the ability to pay the bills at Charles S. Wilson Memorial Hospital in Johnson City, N.Y. She graduated from nursing school in 1946, and came back to Central New York to work at Oneida City Hospital, located at the time in downtown Oneida. Except for a short detour to work on Long Island for nine months when she first got married, she spent the next decade working for the Oneida facility. Read more

 

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Rita Stormes
U.S. Cadet Nurse

In 1944, Englewood, N.J., native Rita Stormes was working as a bookkeeper for a life insurance company in New York City. Moved to contribute to the World War II effort, she joined the Cadet Nurse Corps that September and was assigned to St. Vincent's Hospital in Manhattan until 1947. She worked in every department of care, making sure the medical industry was fully staffed while many nurses were stationed overseas. Read more

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Rose Mary Walker
U.S. Cadet Nurse

In January 1943, Rose Mary Walker left New Iberia for New Orleans, where she began training to be a nurse at the Hotel Dieu nursing school, and in July that year, was admitted into the U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps. She was 18 years old. Although Walker never left New Orleans, she continued to serve as a Cadet Nurse until President Harry Truman dissolved the corps in 1948. Read more

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Verna Hill
U.S. Cadet Nurse

Verna Hill, who lives in La Grande, holds the distinction of being a member of Eastern Oregon College of Education’s first U.S. Cadet Nurse Corps class in 1943. The students, all women younger than 30, first studied at Eastern for nine months before going to The Dalles Hospital to do clinical work for a year. Next they fanned out to a variety of other hospitals for additional training. Read more


Glenna Blakeslee Hula
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I graduated from Mercy Central School of Nursing in 1948, from St. Mary's Hospital, Grand Rapids, Michigan.


Elayne Kornblatt Phillips
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

Florence Ruth (Nudelman) Kornblatt, my mother, was a U.S. Cadet Nurse.  Now, at age 87, she could benefit from veteran status.  She has some wonderful stories to tell about her service.  She can be reached at    flojoe113@yahoo.com

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Grace Cunningham Weismantel
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I entered Lenox Hill Hospital School of Nursing in New York City, New York, in 1945 under the cadet nurse program where I could get a government-paid education. I graduated in 1948, working in pediatrics and outpatient clinic. I married an army veteran of World War II who survived the Battle of the Bulge. Iam now 84 and volunteer at the local hospital and belong to the R.N. club in Sun City Center, Florida.


Susan Laufer
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother, Joanne M. Laufer nee Foster was a Cadet Nurse at New York Hospital, Cornell University in New York City from 1944-1947. She completed a year at Magill Univ in Montreal before enlisting and moving to NYC at the age of 18. Being from Canada, everyone she knew at that time had enlisted or was involved in the war effort, since Canada was at war long before the US.  Her father was from NYC and she had family in New York.  Her experiences as a Cadet Nurse changed her life forever with lifelong friends and cherished memories.  At 86 she is still going strong and still lives in the New York area.  Congresswoman Lowey is her representative in Washington who thankfully once again sponsored legislation this year to obtain veteran status & recognition for the Corps.

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Marie (Booher) Lee
Relative of U.S. Cadet Nurse

My mother  (Jean {Butler} Booher) is the Cadet Nurse from Nebraska who visited the Women in Military Service for America Memorial referenced in the video by Shirley Harrow on this website. Mother discovered she did belong at the Women's Memorial and that her service had been remembered and recognized. It was a beautiful day for our entire family. We went to Washington DC to see the WWII Memorial recognizing my father's service and left having been able to also honor my mother's service.

My mother was proud of her nursing career and her years in service to the Cadet Nurse Corps and her country.  She talked openly and often about the challenging times, the duties thrust upon herself and her fellow Cadets and the determination and dedication it took to live up to the Cadet Nurse Corps Pledge.  Mother only asked for recognition of a job well done! She died in April of 2011. I only wish she could have died with military honors!

One of the proudest moments in my life was when I was able to help my mother host a luncheon in Omaha, NE for members of her Cadet class.  The Cadets enjoyed a display of memorabilia from their Cadet days a wonderful lunch and music from the good old days.  They spent hours remembering their experiences and the sisterhood and life long friendships they had gained from the Cadet Nurse Corps.  It was truly a wonderful day being able to honor these ladies.  In my opinion the best way to honor and recognize their service starts with each of us who is somehow related to or knows a Cadet. Ask them to tell you their story.  Listen while they are still here to tell their story.  Be grateful for their service.  I am truly grateful to have known Jean as a mother and a Cadet!

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Joye G Debell Megow
U.S. Cadet Nurse

I have been a participant in the [Harvard] Nurse Health Studies since about its beginning, and in my update of NHS News this month they had an excellent article on the Cadet Nurse Corps. So many of my colleagues have passed on, so I have to commend you for your long endeavor to get recognition for our service. I am 88 now and won't live to see it happen, but I do appreciate your efforts.

I was stationed at Saint Albans Naval Hospital on Long Island, New York, in 1945 for 6 months and worked on the paraplegic and burn wards. These young men were our age and I still remember the pitiful and painful ordeal of putting them in water and peeling off burned skin. We also worked with those who were having skin grafts from one part of their body attaching it to other areas to rebuild their faces and other damaged body areas. I still remember those faces as well. It has an honor to serve these hurting, wounded men who endured so much.

I worked as an RN until I retired.

Don't you or your associates give up on your mission.