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Margaret Harper

Superintendents and Chiefs of the Army Nurse Corps

Photograph, Margaret Harper

Eleventh ANC Chief
1 September 1959 through 31 August 1963

Education:

Graduated form Evanston General Hospital School of Nursing, Northwestern University, Evanston, Illinois in 1934

Received a B.A., Teachers College, Columbia University, New York, New York in 1947

Received a M.A., Columbia University, New York, New York in 1953

Career:

Colonel Harper received her commission in April 1941. Her overseas assignments included service in Australia and New Guinea, and Europe. Under her tenure the ANC began an intensive recruiting program in 1963 in light of the anticipated build up in Southeast Asia and other military operations, OPERATION NIGHTENGALE, to meet a serious nursing shortage. She received the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star Medal, and the Army Commendation Medal among her awards and honors.