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Nurses We Remember

Burial Records of 3 nurses from Base Hospital #4 who died in auto accident, May 25, 1919

Ella Dalton, Alice Hagadorn and Florence Beatrice Graham

Source: 3 sets of pdf documents sent to Jo-Ann Power by David Benson, Superintendent, Meuse-Argonne Cemetery, Meuse, France in 2013.

By Jo-Ann Power

Three nurses traveling together in an automobile in France died in an accident May 25, 1919. All three were stationed at Base Hospital or Camp Hospital #4, Chateau Thierry, near Joinville, and are buried in the American Cemetery at Suresnes, France.

The burial records here describe in detail injuries how the bodies were identified. Initially, they were buried in pine boxes and after the establishment of official American Cemeteries in France, their bodies were re-interred in metal caskets. The records are typical of those of all military personnel who lay in repose in American cemeteries.  Documents also include communications with the deceased’s family approving burial abroad and invitations as per Gold Star Act+ to visit the nurses’ burial sites.

Two of the nurses, Florence Graham and Alice Hagadorn, had taken their oaths at the same place in New York City, May 23, 1918 and May 24, 1918, respectively, and reported to Holley Hotel, Nurses’ Mobilization Station in that city May 25, 1918.  They sailed for Europe July 4, 1918 and reported to their Commanding Officer at Camp Hospital #4 July 21,1918.

Nurses Dalton and Graham had been awarded “Victory Medal with Clasp for France.” Nurse Hagadorn had received the French medal, Medaille d’Honneur des Epidemics, and had worked in a Mobile Operating Unit.

+GOLD STAR MOTHERS and WIDOWS Act of Congress March 2, 1929 allowed for visit to graves by mothers or widows of those buried overseas or at sea at government expense. They also authorized assistance of nurses to accompany those elderly or disabled.

This was Act of Congress 1929, each year thereafter until 1933.

The War Department sent a letter to each deceased’s mother or widow each year to ask of their interest to travel.

 Ella Dalton, Burial Records—View pdf

Alice Hagadorn, Burial Records—View pdf

Florence Beatrice Graham—View pdf

 

Nora Emelia Anderson, ANC, Her Service, Illness and Death as written by her attending clergyman

Source: Copies sent to Jo-Ann Power from Nadia Ezz-Eddine, Cemetery Associate, St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, France.

Nora E. Anderson ANC
Nora E. Anderson, an Army Nurse Corps volunteer, lies at rest in the St. Mihiel American Cemetery in France. Nora who was born in Rock Dell, Minnesota in 1881, joined the Corps in 1918 and sailed abroad to work in Base Hospital #68. There she became very ill and died. As she lay dying, she asked for the last rites to be given her, if possible, by a Lutheran minister. Chaplains, always busy at the front and in hospitals, were scarce. But a Lutheran minister happened along and those who nursed Nora asked this gentleman to attend her.

This article is his story, a three-page original, reproduced as jpeg from Lutheran Church Herald written by Gustav Stearns, Chaplain, 127th Infantry, AEF, preaching in France.

Details of Nora’s life, recounted in Chaplain Sterns’ article include:

Her birth. 1.15.1881

Her death: 1.17.1919

Sworn in to service:  2.18.1918

Overseas duty: Base Hospital #68, Mars-sur-Alliers, France

Died in Base Hospital #68 1.16.1919.

Buried initially in Mars-sur-Allier, France, 1.17.1919

Moved to and Buried: St. Mihiel American Cemetery, Thiaucourt, Meurthe-et-Moselle, France.

Grave #30, Row 11, Block A.

The photo of Nora’s grave was taken by Jo-Ann Power when touring St. Mihiel Cemetery with Nadia Ezz-Eddine in 2013.

Nurse Nora E. Anderson ANC 

Lutheran Jouranl Nora pg 1Lutheran Journal Nora page 2Lutheran Journal Nora page 3

 

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