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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