San Francisco in San Francisco City and County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
First Women in the Army: U.S. Army Nurse Corps
We march along with faith undaunted /
Beside our gallant fighting men /
whenever they are sick or wounded
We nurse them back to health again
As long as healing hands are wanted
You'll find the nurses of the Corps
-- Anthem of the Army Nurse Corps
The U.S. Army Nurse Corps was established in 1901. Nurses were the first women in the Army. The U.S. Army General Hospital at the Presidio was the first Army hospital to employ them. By 1902, 41 nurses along with 11 military and civilian surgeons and 180 men of the Hospital Corps provided care at Letterman Hospital.
In 1915 and 1916, two large buildings were built beyond this stone wall to house the Nurse Corps. In 1918, Letterman Hospital hosted the first Army School of Nursing. Army nurses received military commission in the Regular Army starting in 1947. Men were admitted to the Nurse Corps in 1956.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Science & Medicine • Women. A significant historical year for this entry is 1901.
Location. 37° 48.054′ N, 122° 27.257′ W. Marker is Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Presidio of San Francisco (a few steps from this marker); French 24-Pounder (within shouting distance of this marker); Old Post Hospital (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Station Hospital (about 300 feet away); Western Defense Command Headquarters (about 500 feet away); Old and New: Presidio Fire Station (about 500 feet away); The Ordoñez Gun (approx. 0.2 miles away); War in the Philippines (approx. 0.2 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in San Francisco.
Also see . . .
1. Letterman General Hospital, Nurses' Quarters - Historic American Buildings Survey Record. (Submitted on January 5, 2016.)
2. Welcome To Army Nurse Corps History. The US Army Medical Department's Office of Medical History presents its collection of historical resources, including videos, pictures, and oral histories. (Submitted on January 5, 2016.)
Credits. This page was last revised on November 28, 2020. It was originally submitted on January 4, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 383 times since then and 9 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 4, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.