Biographical Sketches

Biographical Sketches of selected NC Military Nurses


Civil War nurses - see Jane Wilkes and Hariette Jaobs in the biography section and Abby House in Franklin County.


Spanish American War Nurses

Ferebe Guion McCombs served on the hospital ship Relief

Lucy Ashby Sharpe

Anne Ferguson biography is in Cabarrus County link.

Mary Ella Tuttle - born 1858 in Lenoir, NC.  Graduated from St John's Riverside Hospital School of Nursing in yonkers, NY in 1896 and joined the US Army nurse corps to serve in the Spanish American  War. She served in Cuba and Jacksonville, Fla.  She died in Caldlwe County April 9, 1934.

Alice Threatt Perry, Spanish American War Nurse

Lydia Holman biography is in the biography link on this website.


Ione Branch Bain WWI nurse



  • Lt. JG Calla Goodwin
    Picture courtesy of Needham B. Broughton High School
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    Goodwin, Lt. JG Calla Virginia (USNR)

    Born on April 25, 1922 in Tyrrell County, North Carolina, her hometown was listed as Raleigh, North Carolina.  She was the daughter of Frank O. Goodwin Sr. (1895-1976) and Madelyn B. Goodwin (1900-1976), both of whom are buried in Concord, Contra Costa County, California.  She was also survived by a brother, Frank O. Goodwin Jr., who is now deceased.  Calla was a 1940 graduate of Needham B. Broughton High School in Raleigh, North Carolina, where she was a member of Latin Club, Glee Club, Typing Club, a staff reporter for the school radio, member of Girls' Athletic Association (GAA), German Club, and the RHS Glee Club, and participated in school operettas and the State Music Contest.

    After high school graduation she received her nursing degree from Rex Hospital School of Nursing in Raleigh in 1943.  She joined the Navy Nurse Corps on January 6, 1944, and reported for duty at NNH in Ports, Virginia on February 16, 1944.  She left there on May 15, 1945 and on May 20 reported for duty at the Naval Hospital in Bainbridge.  On July 23, 1945, she began duty at the Naval Hospital in Charleston, South Carolina, and remained there until May 1948.  On May 13, 1948, she reported to the Naval Dispensary at the Charleston Naval Shipyard Naval Base in South Carolina, where she remained until July 6, 1949.  On August 5, 1949, she reported to duty at the US Naval Hospital in Long Beach, California, where she remained until going on duty at the US Naval Hospital, SMR, Oceanside, California, on February 18, 1950.  She remained there until receiving overseas orders to the US Naval Hospital in Yokosuka, Japan.

2LT Helen J Henley, 26--was assigned to the 803rd MAES. She was born in March 1920 and raised in Greensboro, NC. Helen attended Greensboro College and received her nurses training at St Leo's Hospital there. She volunteered for duty with the Army Nurse Corps in October 1943. Helen's first duty station was at Drew Field in Florida. Next she was sent to Will Rogers Field in Oklahoma City, OK. Helen visited her mother and three sisters in November 1944 before going overseas in December to the China-Burma-India theater of war. First she went to Karachi, then to Ledo in February. Helen volunteered to go on flight missions for emergency evacuation of the wounded. That's what she was doing this time also. The plane crashed only a mile from its take-off near Ledo on what was called the Stilwell Road. Helen's family was residing in New Castle, DE at the time of her death but returned to Greensboro after learning of her death. Her remains were returned to the family in May 1948 and they had her buried in the family plot in Greenhill Cemetery. Helen was survived by her mother Beulah Spencer and three sisters. Her father Edgar Henley had already passed away. 



Brigadier General Adams Ender In 1982, Adams-Ender became the first African American Army Nurse Corps officer to graduate from the U.S. Army War College. She was promoted to the rank of Brigadier General in 1987 and appointed Chief of the Army Nurse Corps. Following this post, Adams-Ender served as the Commanding General, U.S. Army Fort Belvoir, Virginia and Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Military District of Washington until her retirement in August 1993.

Mildred Irene Clark, the youngest daughter of five children, was born on 30 January 1915 in Elkton, North Carolina. Her mother was Martha Darling Clark and her father, William James Clark, was a farmer and Methodist minister. After receiving her diploma from Baker Sanatorium Training School for Nurses in Lumberton, North Carolina, in 1936, Clark attended two six-month postgraduate courses. The first was a curriculum in pediatrics offered by the Babies Hospital in Wrightsville Sound, North Carolina. The second program at the Jewish Hospital in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, prepared specialists in operating room administration and technique. Elizabeth Pearson, an instructor in Clark's training school, initially sparked her student's interest in the Army Nurse Corps. Pearson had served in the Corps in World War I and proudly demonstrated her status in the American Red Cross First Reserve after the war by always wearing her Red Cross pin. This mentor instilled in Clark the idea of patriotic service. Knowing that competition among applicants for the Army Nurse Corps was formidable, the determined Clark submitted her request for active duty one year in advance while still a student in the postgraduate course. Surprisingly, within fourteen days Clark received a request to report to Walter Reed General Hospital for a physical examination. Clark's application undoubtedly reflected her genuine love of country and convinced the gatekeepers that she was a prime candidate for the Army Nurse Corps

 Major General Patricia Horoho, 1982 graduate of the UNC- Chapel Hill School of Nursing, nominated by President Obama to become the Army Surgeon General. Carolina Nursing Spring/Summer 2011 pg. 31.

Lieutenant General Patricia D. Horoho assumed command of the U.S. Army Medical Command on 05 December 2011 and was sworn in as the 43rd Army Surgeon General on 07 December 2011.  Her previous positions include Deputy Surgeon General, Office of The Surgeon General, Falls Church, VA, from 2010 to 2011; 23rd Chief of the US Army Nurse Corps, from 2008-2011; Commander, Western Regional Medical Command, Fort Lewis, Washington, from 2008 to 2010; Commander, Madigan Army Medical Center, Tacoma, Washington, from 2008 to 2009; Commander, Walter Reed Health Care System, Washington D.C., from 2007 to 2008; and Commander, DeWitt Health Care Network, Fort Belvoir, Virginia, from 2004 to 2006.

 Pittard, J.C. (March, 2007)."Ordinary Hero" (Article about Margaret King- Outstanding North Carolina Army Nurse). Our State Magazine. pp144-152.

"Lieutenant Colonel Ann Lawrence from Chadbourn, NC, was the second highest ranking black woman in the US Air Force in 1976. A graduate of Kate B. Reynolds Hospital School of Nursing in Winston –Salem, NC, Lawrence joined the US Air Force in 1956. Her first assignment was to Wright Patterson Air Force base in Dayton, Ohio. From there she went to Japan for two years. After earning her master’s degree in Public Administration from the University of Nebraska in Omaha, she spent tours of duty in Libya, the Philippines and Vietnam before returning to the US.”  From: Carnegie, E.(2000) The Path we Tread .Jones and Bartlett Publishers: Sudbury, MD.

Della H. Raney (Jackson) was born in Suffolk, Virginia, on January 10, 1912.  A graduate of the Lincoln Hospital School of in Durham, North Carolina, Raney was the first African-American nurse commissioned a lieutenant in the Army. See Jackson in the biographies section of this website.

Norris, S. (Nov, 2009) "A veteran's day tribute:  Retired Lt. Cmdr Saylors:  I would go back in a minute". From All About Women Magazine, Boone, NC.

Peggy Chamberlain Wilmoth, PhD, MS ‘79, BSN ’75, RN, professor, Department of Adult Health Nursing, College of Health and Human Services, University of North Carolina-Charlotte, was recently promoted to Brigadier General, U.S. Army Reserve and she is Commander, 332nd Medical Brigade headquartered in Nashville. She is commander for 7,000 soldiers in 67 units across eight different states and Puerto Rico. She is the first nurse in the history of the Army to be board selected to command a Medical Brigade.