#OTD 1942, Sue Dauser takes the oath of office as Superintendent of Navy Nurse Corps, becoming the first woman with the relative rank of captain in U.S. Navy. She is promoted to the rank of captain Feb. 26, 1944.
Capt. Sue S. Dauser, Superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps. Photographed at the Navy Department, circa 1944. National Archives, 80-G-K-14406 (Color).
U.S. Naval Hospital, Puget Sound, Bremerton, Washington. The hospital's nursing staff, circa July 1931. Those present are (from left to right, seated): Vanderlinden, Mins, Anderson, Chief Nurse Sue S. Dauser, Krook, Sawin and Harriet Harris. (from left to right, standing): Jones, Ballerstedt, Quinn, Harkness, Farrell, Howard. Collection of Ensign Harriet Harris, USN(NC). NHHC Photograph Collection, NH 97243.
Captain Sue S. Dauser, (NC) USN (Retired) receives the Distinguished Service Medal from Secretary of the Navy James Forrestal on 1 December 1945. The medal was awarded for exceptionally meritorious service as Superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps during the pre-war period and during World War 2. Captain Dauser's retirement was announced on 9 November 1945.NHHC Photograph Collection, #NH 97170.
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