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Name: Jackson, Wilma Leona


Historical Note:

Wilma Leona Jackson was born in Union, Ohio in 1909. She earned her nursing degree in 1930 at Miami Valley Hospital in Dayton, Ohio. She joined the Navy Nurse Corps in 1936 and served at the Naval Hospital in Philadelphia from 1936-1939 and then transferred to the Naval Hospital in Brooklyn, NY in 1939. In 1940, she was sent overseas to the Naval Hospital at Guam. When the Japanese captured the island in December 1941, Jackson, along with three other navy nurses and all other U.S. military personnel, was taken prisoner. Jackson was freed in an exchange of prisoners in August 1942.

In 1944, she was promoted to Lieutenant and returned to Guam to serve as the Senior Nurse Corps Officer at the Fleet Hospital #103 until December 1945.

After WWII, Jackson served at hospitals in Washington D.C., Oakland, CA, and Portsmouth, VA. She returned to school in 1950 and graduated with degrees in nursing administration in 1952. In 1954, Jackson became the third director of the Navy Nurse Corps.

Jackson retired in 1958 as a Captain and returned to Ohio, where she died on March 23, 1998.

Jackson was awarded the American Defense Service Medal, the Asiatic Victory Medal, the National Defense Service Medal and a Commendation Ribbon.

Sources: Wikipedia contributors. "Wilma Leona Jackson." Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia, 2008.





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