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Mary G. Phillips

Superintendents and Chiefs of the Army Nurse Corps

Photograph, Mary G. Phillips

Eighth ANC Superintendent
1 October 1947 through 30 September 1951

Education:

Graduated form the Army School of Nursing, Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, DC in 1929

Colonel PhillipsCareer:

Colonel Phillips was the first Chief of the Army Nurse Corps(ANC) to compete the statutory four-year appointment as Chief of the Corps and the first graduate of the Army School of Nursing to serve as Chief. Her overseas assignments included service in the Philippines and the Pacific. During World War II, she became Director, Nursing Services, Armed Forces of the Western Pacific. Under her tenure as Chief, the ANC which was exempted from the Army-wide requirement that all commissioned officers hold or achieve baccalaureate degrees, set the goal for its officer to complete an accredited program leading to an undergraduate degree, preferably in nursing. She presided over the Corps during the first year of the Korean War. She received the Legion of Merit among her awards and honors.