Bertie County

Region: 
Coastal

 

Learn more about the history of nursing in Bertie County.

Biographies

  • Pittard, J.C. (March, 2007).  Ordinary hero.  Our State p.144-151.
    • Biographical article about Margaret Belva Mizelle King a WWII nurse from Bertie County.
    • Mizelle, Margaret B., Letters, 1942 - 1944 are available in the North Carolina State Archives in Raleigh:.Margaret B. Mizelle served as a 2nd lieutenant with the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. While stationed with the 38th Evacuation Hospital in England, Africa, and Italy, she wrote letters to her mother concerning articles of clothing, cosmetics, or food that Lt. Mizelle wished sent to her from home. Occasionally the letters contain descriptions of life in the field.
  • Obituary for Margaret Mizelle King is below

    A photograph of Lieutenant Margaret Belva Mizelle King of the United States Army Nurses Corps, One Hundred Seventy-First (171st) Evacuation Hospital, in her uniformis located in the NC State Archives.

 

Margaret Belva Mizell King was born June, 28, 1918  in Windsor, North Carolina
to Charles and Mary Ellen Mizelle.  After graduating from Windsor High School in
1936, she enrolled in the Presbyterian Hospital School of Nursing in Charlotte,
NC.  Shortly after her graduation in 1940, she joined the US Army Nurse Corps as
a 2nd Lieutenant.  During World War II, King first served in an Evacuation Hospital near the battlefront in Arzew, Algeria in the North African campaign.  For many months the hospital was under sniper fire.  When the Allies controlled that territory her unit went with the troops invading southern Italy in the fall of 1943.  King was stationed in a front line hospital, traveling with the troops as the battle lines moved.  The nurses treated approximately 400 patients on each twelve hour shift.   King’s combat experience continued during the Korean War where she was assigned to the 171 Evacuation Hospital.  She was evacuating the children’s wing of the hospital in Pyongyang, the capitol of North Korea, when the Chinese and North Korean Armies overran the city.  She barely escaped capture on the last airplane to leave Pyongyang.  After the Korean War was over, King remained in the US Army Nurse Corps for another 16 years serving in Head and Chief nurse positions in US Army hospitals around the world.  She earned 16 Medals for her service to the country.  King died on August 7, 2004  and is buried in her hometown of Windsor.