Nursing Notes

May 30, 2011

Memorial Day is for remembering the sacrifices–

Let us remember the nurses who gave up their lives for their patients during the various wars we have fought in.

Let us remember the nurses who are currently in harms way to give aid to our men and women fighting in the Middle East.

This holiday is for remembering.  To see more about our nursing veterans click here.  Below are just a very few of these wonderful women to be remembered.

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Military:

U.S. Army

Lieutenant Colonel Annie Ruth Graham, Chief Nurse at 91st Evacuation Hospital, Tuy Hoa.

Colonel Graham, from Efland, NC, suffered a stroke in August 1968 and was evacuated to Japan where she died four days later. A veteran of both World War II and Korea, she was 52.

To Colonel Graham’s memorial on The Virtual Wall

First Lieutenant Sharon Ann Lane

1LT Sharon Lane

Lieutenant Lane died from shrapnel wounds when the 312th Evacuation Hospital at Chu Lai was hit by rockets on June 8, 1969. From Canton, OH, she was a month short of her 26th birthday. She was posthumously awarded the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm and the Bronze Star for Heroism. In 1970, the recovery room at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, where Lt. Lane had been assigned before going to Vietnam, was dedicated in her honor. In 1973, Aultman Hospital in Canton, OH, where Lane had attended nursing school, erected a bronze statue of Lane. The names of 110 local servicemen killed in Vietnam are on the base of the statue.

To Lieutenant Lane’s memorial on The Virtual Wall

 

Second Lieutenant Carol Ann Elizabeth Drazba
Second Lieutenant Elizabeth Ann Jones

1LT Elizabeth Jones

Lieutenant Drazba and Lieutenant Jones were assigned to the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon. They died in a helicopter crash near Saigon, February 18, 1966. Drazba was from Dunmore, PA., Jones from Allendale, SC. Both were 22 years old.

Lieutenant Jones is pictured here.

To Lieutenant Jones’s memorial page on The Virtual Wall

To Lieutenant Drazba’s memorial page on The Virtual Wall

 

Captain Eleanor Grace Alexander

CPT Eleanor Alexander

Captain Alexander of Westwood, NJ and Lieutenant Orlowski of Detroit, MI died November 30, 1967. Alexander, stationed at the 85th Evacuation Hospital and Orlowski, stationed at the 67th Evacuation Hospital, in Qui Nhon, had been sent to a hospital in Pleiku to help out during a push. With them when their plane crashed on the return trip to Qui Nhon were two other nurses, Jerome E. Olmstead of Clintonville, WI and Kenneth R. Shoemaker, Jr. of Owensboro, KY. Alexander was 27, Orlowski 23. Both were posthumously awarded Bronze Stars.

To Captain Alexander’s memorial on The Virtual Wall

 

First Lieutenant Hedwig Diane Orlowski

1LT Hedwig Diane Orlowski

Captain Alexander of Westwood, NJ and Lieutenant Orlowski of Detroit, MI died November 30, 1967. Alexander, stationed at the 85th Evacuation Hospital and Orlowski, stationed at the 67th Evacuation Hospital, in Qui Nhon, had been sent to a hospital in Pleiku to help out during a push. With them when their plane crashed on the return trip to Qui Nhon were two other nurses, Jerome E. Olmstead of Clintonville, WI and Kenneth R. Shoemaker, Jr. of Owensboro, KY. Alexander was 27, Orlowski 23. Both were posthumously awarded Bronze Stars.

To LT “Heddi” Orlowski’s memorial on The Virtual Wall

 

Second Lieutenant Pamela Dorothy Donovan

1LT Pamela Donovan

Lieutenant Donovan, from Allston, MA, became seriously ill and died on July 8, 1968. She was assigned to the 85th Evacuation Hospital in Qui Nhon. She was 26 years old.

To Lieutenant Donovan’s memorial on The Virtual Wall

 


 

U.S. Air Force

Captain Mary Therese Klinker

Captain Klinker, a flight nurse assigned to Clark Air Base in the Philippines, was on the C-5A Galaxy which crashed on April 4 outside Saigon while evacuating Vietnamese orphans. This is known as the Operation Babylift crash. There are also US Air Force and Air Force Association web pages about Operation Babylift. From Lafayette, IN, she was 27. She was posthumously awarded the Airman’s Medal for Heroism and the Meritorious Service Medal.

 

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