Duerk, Alene

Duerk, Alene (Bertha)

(1920–  ) naval officer; born in Defiance, Ohio. She served as a naval nurse during World War II and the Korean War. She became a captain (1967), director of the Navy Nurse Corps (1970), and the first woman admiral (1972).
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