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Dora E. Thompson

Superintendents and Chiefs of the Army Nurse Corps

Photograph, Dora E. Thompson

Fourth ANC Superintendent
22 September 1914 through 29 December 1919

Education:

Graduated from New York Hospital Training School, Blackwell's Island, New York in 1897.

Career:

She was the first Army Nurse Corps (ANC) Superintendent selected from within the Corps, having served as an Army nurse for 12 years prior to her appointment. She was also the first superintendent to meet global war problems involving the procurement and assignment of nurses. As a result of her service during World War I, in which the ANC grew from less than 400 to 21, 480 nurses serving in the United States, Europe, and the Philippines, she received the Distinguished Service Medal. After the war, she took a leave of absence and upon her return in December 1919 resigned as Superintendent. At her request, she was appointed Assistant Superintendent with duties in the Philippines. When Army nurses were given relative rank in 1920, she became a captain.