First black nurse in Army Nurse Corps honored, anniversary celebrated

2/1/2013


TUSKEGEE, Ala. (February 1, 2013) – Army ROTC and the College of Veterinary Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health helped to celebrate the achievements of one of black American history’s pioneering professionals, Della H. Rainey, today in Basil O’Connor Hall. During WWII, Rainey became the first black nurse commissioned as a lieutenant in the United States’ Army Nurse Corps and the first nurse to become part of the Tuskegee Airmen. 

Lt. Col. Patricia A. Coburn, deputy chief nurse for U. S. Army Cadet Command, served as the guest speaker for the event. After a presentation, a cake was cut to honor the birthday of the U.S. Army Nurses Corps. Saturday will mark 112 years that this service branch has been in existence.

To read more about Rainey and other black history highlights this month, go to Tuskegee University’s Facebook and Twitter pages.


Left to right: Lt. Col. Robbie Cross, commander of the Army ROTC; Doris S. Holeman, associate dean of the School of Nursing at Tuskegee University; and Lt. Col. Patricia A. Coburn, deputy chief nurse for U. S. Army Cadet Command.


A cake was cut to honor the 112th birthday of the U.S. Army Nurses Corps.



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