The 'Sacred 20' Launched U.S. Navy Nurse Corps

Winkler, David F.
May 2008
Sea Power;May2008, Vol. 51 Issue 5, p55
The article offers the historical background on the launching of U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Naval Appropriations Bill authorizing the recruitment of women to serve as Navy nurses on May 13, 1908. Navy Surgeon General Rear Admiral Presly Marion Rixey selected Esther V. Hasson, graduate of the Connecticut Training School for Nurses, as first Navy nurse superintendent and eighteen more women were recruited. The group came to be known as the "Sacred 20."


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