US Army Nurse Corps Captain Della H. Raney, the first African-American nurse of the US Army in WW2, Camp Beale, California, United States, 11 Apr 1945

Caption   US Army Nurse Corps Captain Della H. Raney, the first African-American nurse of the US Army in WW2, Camp Beale, California, United States, 11 Apr 1945 ww2dbase
Source    ww2dbaseUnited States National Archives
Identification Code   208-PU-161K-1
Photos on Same Day See all photos dated 11 Apr 1945
Added By C. Peter Chen
Added Date 19 Feb 2008

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1. Della Hayden Raney Stokes says:
22 May 2008 09:14:50 PM

Della H. Raney was born in Suffolk, Virginia, on January 10, 1912 the daughter of George H and Willie V. Raney. A graduate of the Lincoln Hospital School of Nursing in Durham, North Carolina, Raney was the first African-American nurse commissioned a lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. Her first tour of duty was at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. As a lieutenant serving at Tuskegee Army Airfield in Alabama, she was appointed Chief Nurse, Army Nurse Corps in 1942, and the first African American to be so appointed. She later served as Chief Nurse at Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Raney was promoted to captain in 1945. After the war, she was assigned to head the nursing staff at the station hospital at Camp Beale, California. In 1946, she was promoted to major and served an extensive tour of duty in the occupation force in Japan. Major Raney retired in 1978, as a major, she was earned the highest rank to be achieved by any African-American nurse in World War II.

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