Carmen Maria Lozano was born in San Juan, Puerto Rico. She received her primary and secondary education in San Juan. In 1944, she graduated from the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing. Later that year she applied to become an Army nurse, she was only one of thirteen women selected.
She was sworn in and assigned to the General Hospital at Fort Brooke. In 1945, she was assigned to the 359th Station Hospital at Fort Read, in Trinidad, West Indies. While stationed in Trinidad she started taking correspondence courses from Louisiana State University. She married Joseph in Trinidad.
After the war, she moved to Baltimore, Maryland putting her studies on hold for the net eighteen years giving birth to seven children.
She completed her education at Northeastern University, as well as a certificate Diploma in Substance Abuse Counseling. She worked for Brothers Health System for twenty years until her retirement in 1985. After retirement she moved to Florida for 23 years. She died in 2015, from Alzheimer’s disease, she was 93.
What you may not know about Carmen is that she was one of the first Puerto Rican women to become a United States Army officer as a Second Lieutenant.
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