Pauline Kirby

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Managing Real Estate Broker with Fathom Realty PB00068179

Pauline Kirby was born in Greenwood, Mississippi back in 1905.  She attended Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee graduating in 1926.  She enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps in 1927, assigned to Fort Sam Houston Hospital.  From 1942 to 1945 she was the Assistant Director of Nurses in the South West Pacific during WWII.

After the war she was assigned to the Northington General Hospital in Tuscaloosa, AL, moving onward to Moore General Hospital Ashville, NC.  In 1947, she was the Chief Nurse at Percy Jones General Hospital in Battle Creek, MI.  in 1954, she was transferred to Walter Reed Medical Center.  In 1957 she was recognized as one of the eight army nurses that cared for President Dwight D. Eisenhower.  She retired after 30 years of service in the United States Army Nurse Corps in 1957.  She died in 1981, she was 76.

What you may not know about Colonel Pauline Kirby is that she was one of the first two member of the Army Nurse Corps to hold the temporary rank of Colonel.

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Comments (17)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Hmm, I don't know much about ranks in the military so when someone says their rank, it always sounds impressive to me.

Feb 14, 2021 03:43 AM
Barbara Tattersall
Keller Williams Realty Metropolitan (Keene,NH) - Keene, NH
GRI

Hi James,

It seems like Colonel Kirby dedicated her life to her profession. I worked with an Army nurse as a teen in a hospital.  You didn't dare not get better! But she had a heart of gold.

Feb 14, 2021 04:12 AM
Raymond E. Camp
Howard Hanna Real Estate Services - Ontario, NY
Licensed Real Estate Salesperson Greater Rochester

Good morning James,

If it were not for nurses we would have more deaths than we do.

Make yourself an astonishing day.

Feb 14, 2021 05:03 AM
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello James - nurses and other front-line health care workers have always been valuable.   

Feb 14, 2021 05:38 AM
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning James Dray -  a totally dedicated person.  I don't know why it was a temporary rank.

Feb 14, 2021 05:58 AM
Nina Hollander, Broker
Coldwell Banker Realty - Charlotte, NC
Your Greater Charlotte Realtor

Hi James... I'd like to know why that colonel rank was temporary and not permanent. She deserved it.

Feb 14, 2021 06:01 AM
James Dray

Don't know Nina.  I guess back then, women were not recognized as they are today

Feb 15, 2021 12:44 AM
Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning James. Pauline was dedicated and like Nina, why was the rank temporary? Enjoy your day!

Feb 14, 2021 06:56 AM
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

James,

Like Nina Hollander I did not understand the "temporary" rank of Colonel.  Wishing you and yours a very Happy Valentine's Day.  A

Feb 14, 2021 06:59 AM
Paul S. Henderson, REALTOR®, CRS
Fathom Realty Washington LLC - Tacoma, WA
South Puget Sound Washington Agent/Broker!

Thank you for sharing Pauline Kirby's life with us. That was quite a accomplishment James Dray 

Feb 14, 2021 07:25 AM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

Good for her! Another great American who simply did what she had to do!

Feb 14, 2021 07:55 AM
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thank you very much, James, for sharing this story.

Have a very special day and an outstanding week.

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Feb 14, 2021 08:55 AM
Jeff Dowler, CRS
eXp Realty of California, Inc. - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude

Curious why her rank was temporary...sounds like a permanent rank was in order.

Feb 14, 2021 09:25 AM
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Ward County Notary Services - Minot, ND
Owner of Ward Co. Notary Services, retired Realtor

I agree with my Valentine ( Nina Hollander ) as to wondering why it was a temporary thing James Dray . I wonder if history will remember any of the nurses of today for their care during this pandemic? If "Dr. F" is remembered I hope it's for his being all over the map with his solutions/contradictions.

Feb 14, 2021 10:09 AM
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi James- very interesting woman and I tried researching why she was given a temporary rank of colonel but could not find an immediate answer. 

Feb 14, 2021 10:42 AM
Rocky Dickerson
Realty One Group - Las Vegas, NV
Superior Service!

Happy Daytona Day James Dray and thank you for another fascinating biography post

Feb 14, 2021 01:06 PM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

James always enjoy your historical trivia but when it is related to the army it is extra special to me:)Endre

Feb 14, 2021 09:51 PM
Paula McDonald, Ph.D.
Beam & Branch Realty - Granbury, TX
Granbury, TX 936-203-0279

Thank you James for a dose of smiles. Hugs to you my friend.

Feb 26, 2021 09:19 AM

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