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Spencer in Roane County, West Virginia — The American South (Mid-Atlantic)
 

Col. Ruby G. Bradley

U.S. Army Nurse Corps, 30 Years

 
 
Col. Ruby G. Bradley Monument image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
1. Col. Ruby G. Bradley Monument
Inscription.
In honor of
Col. Ruby G. Bradley
U.S. Army Nurse Corps, 30 years.

W.W. II, 1941–1945.
Prisoner of war 37 months in the Asiatic Pacific Campaign in the Philippine Islands.

Korean War, 1950–1953.
Chief Nurse of the emergency hospitals in Tague, Seoul and Pyongyang. Appointed Chief Nurse of the United States 8th Army in Korea.

1991.
Most decorated woman in the history of the United States Army to date.
 
Erected by (donated by) Ruby’s lifelong friend Mardell DePue Cottle, R.N.
 
Location. 38° 48.108′ N, 81° 21.033′ W. Marker is in Spencer, West Virginia, in Roane County. Marker is on Main Street (U.S. 33) east of Market Street, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Spencer WV 25276, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 14 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Spencer (a few steps from this marker); a different marker also named Spencer (within shouting distance of this marker); U. S. Civil War
Col. Ruby G. Bradley image. Click for full size.
July 14, 2008
2. Col. Ruby G. Bradley
Her portrait is eteched onto the monument.
(within shouting distance of this marker); a different marker also named Spencer (within shouting distance of this marker); Roane County / Jackson County (approx. 9.3 miles away); Rathbone Well (approx. 13.2 miles away); Burning Springs Oil Field (approx. 13.3 miles away); First County Court (approx. 14 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Spencer.
 
Also see . . .  Ruby Grace Bradley, Colonel, U.S. Army Nurse Corps. Essay by Col. Bradley, reflecting on her experiences as a prisoner of war. “The Army nurse collected the remaining drugs and placed them in doctor’s pockets. Packages of surgical supplies, a bundle of surgical instruments, which had been wrapped for transporting prior to evacuation of the hospital, and even a box of soap was found and smuggled into the truck. The surgical instruments consisted of nine Kelly hemostats, six mosquito hemostats, two pairs of surgical scissors, two abdominal retractors (not matched), two knife handles, four packages of blades,
Col. Ruby G. Bradley Memorial at the Roane County Courthouse image. Click for full size.
By J. J. Prats, July 14, 2008
3. Col. Ruby G. Bradley Memorial at the Roane County Courthouse
two handling forceps and one uterine forceps. It was fortunate that these instruments were wrapped in such a manner as to prevent any noise in handling. The truck was loaded to capacity and not one more item could be concealed. The Army nurse was invited to sit between the driver and the guard and the instruments were carried on her lap. She also had every pocket full and it was doubtful at the time if she could even be seated in the cab.” (Submitted on September 8, 2008.) 
 
Categories. War, KoreanWar, World II
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on September 7, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia. This page has been viewed 1,945 times since then and 53 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on September 7, 2008, by J. J. Prats of Springfield, Virginia.
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