Submitted by: Mary J. Ryan
Florence Eastman served in World War 1 with the the United States Army. The dates of service are: 29 Dec 1917 - 14 Oct 1918.
Florence Eastman was the only daughter of Russell and Ada Eastman. At age 17 she enrolled at Morton Hospital to train for the Nursing Profession. She later completed graduate course at Massachusetts General Hospital and worked as a night Supervisor in several New England hospitals.
While attached to Malden Hospital, she entered the Red Cross and later enlisted as an Army nurse. She was called into active service as nurse 29 Dec., 1917; assigned to Base Hospital, Camp Upton, N. Y.
Army Nurse Eastman contracted influenza while performing her duties as nurse, and died on Oct 14, 1918 at age 24. She was buried with full military honors at Pine Island Cemetery.
Of the 42 citizens from Mattapoisett who stepped forward to serve their country in the Great War, Florence Eastman was the only one who did not survive the call to duty.
In February 1925, American Legion Post 280 in Mattapoisett, MA. was named for her and dedicated in her memory.