WWII: Nurse Anesthetists in Action

"There is no need to remind you that our country and our profession are in the midst of a global war so big that even keen minds cannot encompass its magnitude."

~ AANA President Rosalie McDonald (1942-1944)

Nurse anesthetists administered anesthesia and cared for American soldiers throughout American combat history. Here are some of the nurse anesthetists who served during World War II (1941-1945).

COL Mildred Irene Clark

"Pearl Harbor, the Korean Conflict, and COL Mildred Irene Clark," Imagining in Time, AANA Journal, 2000;68(6):487-490.
Martha Cameron and Kathleen Flynn: Nurses in Normandy
"D-Day Scrapbook," TampaBay.com, June 6, 2007
Audio Interview
Captain Clara A. Vezina: Cited for War Service
AANA Journal, February 1946, p. 62​
Marie Botsford Finegan
Marie Botsford Finegan served in the Navy Nurse Corps from 1944-1947. She was stationed at Oak Knoll Naval Hospital in Oakland, Calif. Advancing the Art and Science of Anesthesia for 75 Years: A Pictoral History of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, 2006, p. 51.