Bernatitus, Ann, CAPT

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Last Rank
Last Primary NEC
290X-Nurse Corps Officer
Last Rating/NEC Group
Line Officer
Primary Unit
1954-1959, 290X, Naval Hosptial Newport, RI
Service Years
1936 - 1959

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Home Town
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Date of Passing
Mar 03, 2003
Location of Interment
Saint Casimir Cemetery - Pittston, Pennsylvania
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Captain Bernatitus passed away in her hometown of Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania on 03 March, 2003.

Other Comments:
  • First American to be awarded the Legion of Merit. Capt Bernatitus donated her medal to the Simithsonian Institution in 1976.
  • RADM Randell Jabobs, Chief of Naval Personnel noted when he presented the award to then LTJG Bernatitus, "Your ecellent service in a time of stress and under such dangerous conditions in worthy of the distinction shown you in becoming the FIRST PERSON IN THE UNITED STATES NAVAL SERVICE TO BE SO DECORATED."
  • Among the last group to be evacuated from the Philippines just prior to the fall of Corregidor aboard the USS Spearfish(SS-90).
  • Capt Bernatitus was the only Navy Nurse to evade capture at Corregidor.
  • A monument in her honor is at the Exeter Borough Building in Wilkes-Barre Pennsylvania was unveiled on Memorial Day in 2007.
Related Links:

Angel Of Mercy

US Naval Historical Center Oral Histroy; "Recolections of a Navy Nurse"

US Naval Historical Center; "Nurses and the US Navy"

Navy Nurse Corps Association

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 Unit Assignments/ Advancement Schools
Naval Hospital Chelsea, MAUS Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)US NavyBureau of Medicine (BUMED)
USS Spearfish (SS-190)Naval Hospital Great Lakes, ILUSS Relief (AH-1)Naval Regional Medical Center,  Long Beach, CA
Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CA
  1936-1938, 290X, Naval Hospital Chelsea, MA
  1938-1940, 290X, US Naval Academy Annapolis (Faculty Staff)
  1940-1940, 290X, USS Chaumont (AP-5)
  1940-1942, Naval Hospital Canacao, Philippines
  1942-1942, 290X, USS Spearfish (SS-190)
  1942-1943, 290X, Naval Hospital Bethesda, MD
  1943-1944, 290X, Naval Hospital Great Lakes, IL
  1944-1945, 290X, USS Relief (AH-1)
  1947-1948, 290X, Naval Hospital Houston, TX
  1948-1949, 290X, Naval Regional Medical Center, Long Beach, CA
  1949-1954, 290X, Fleet Hospital Operational Training Command, Naval Hospital Camp Pendleton, CA
  1954-1959, 290X, Naval Hosptial Newport, RI
 Combat and Non-Combat Operations
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Bataan
  1942-1942 Philippine Islands Campaign (1941-42)/Battle of Corrigedor
  1945-1945 Luzon Campaign (1944-45)/Battle of Corregidor
  1945-1945 World War II/Asiatic-Pacific Theater/Okinawa Gunto Operation
 Colleges Attended 
University of Pennsylvania
  1934-1935, University of Pennsylvania
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