Graduates from St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing who served in the military were honored in a special ceremony today at St. Joseph's. The event included a blessing of a plaque by Hospital Chaplain Deacon George Welch. The plaque lists the names of those School of Nursing graduates who volunteered to serve in our Country's Armed Forces.
The plaque honors 109 nurses who served in all branches of the Military and in the American Red Cross. The first to serve were sent to France by the Red Cross-during the First World War. The largest group involved were deployed stateside and to the European and Pacific theaters during the Second World War. Later graduates served during the Korean and Vietnam Wars as well as in peacetime.
The inscription on the plaque reads as follows:
Saint Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing Alumni Association proudly honors these nurses who volunteered to serve in our Country's Armed Forces.
Called to duty in many parts of the world in war and in peace, they responded with honor and distinction wherever they were needed. In wartime with great courage they ministered to the wounded while unarmed, under enemy fire, on land, at sea, and while in flight.
"I will go ----and if I perish, I perish"
The Book of Esther, 4:16
During its 80-year history (1908-1988) St. Joseph's Hospital School of Nursing graduated nearly 2,000 men and women.
Spearheading the project to gather the names of those St. Joseph's graduates who served in the military were Nursing Alumni Association members Eleanor Sementilli, Dolores Boedicker, and Maggie Lagonegro.
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