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African American Experience in the World Wars: In Medicine

Resources on African American soldiers and civilians in World War 1 and World War 2


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African American Nurses in World War 2

African American nurse sitting at a desk looking at papers  

Capt. Della H. Raney, Army Nurse Corps, was the first African American nurse to report to duty in World War 2. Photo from the U.S. National Archives.



African American Nurses in Liberia (WW2)

2 lines of African American nurses posing in uniform in front of a low building

African American nurses of the 25th Station Hospital Unit in Liberia during World War 2. Photo published in The American Foreign Service Journal, June 1943, p. 293. Photo also available from the U.S. National Archives.

See our Biography section to learn about Nurse Getrude Ivory Bertram, pictured center front above.

Learn more about these nurses in Chapter 3 of:

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