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.
Location. 37° 48.054′ N, 122° 27.257′ W. Marker is in San Francisco, California, in San Francisco City and County. Marker is at the intersection of Lincoln Boulevard and Funston Avenue, on the right when traveling west on Lincoln Boulevard. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: San Francisco CA 94129, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are Presidio of San Francisco (a few steps from this marker); The Ordoñez Gun (approx. 0.2 miles away); War in the Philippines (approx. 0.2 miles away); Music in the Military: Presidio Band Barracks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Montgomery Street Barracks (approx. 0.2 miles away); Lover’s Lane (approx. ¼ mile away); North West Corner of Original Presidio (approx. 0.3 miles away); The Palace Lagoon (approx. 0.4 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.)
3. Highlights in the History of the Army Nurse Corps: Chronology. (Submitted on January 5, 2016.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on January 4, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California. This page has been viewed 266 times since then and 10 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on January 4, 2016, by Andrew Ruppenstein of Sacramento, California.