CRNA Profiles: Mildred Clark



​Colonel Mildred Clark had a long and distinguished career in the Army Nurse Corps (ANC). Six months after joining the ANC in 1938, she took her anesthesia training at Jewish Hospital, Philadelphia. She was stationed at Schofield Barracks when Japan bombed Pearl Harbor in 1941. Later she served in leadership roles within the United States and at the 382d Station Hospital in Korea. In 1947 she became the Director of Nurses of the XXIV Corps in Korea and less than a year later, Chief Nurse of the Far East Command in Tokyo. Her assignment as Procurement Officer in the Surgeon General’s Office tested her skills and creativity to recruit nurses during a nation-wide nursing shortage. In 1963, she was the first nurse anesthetist to be appointed as Chief of the Army Nurse Corps, and served until her retirement in 1967.

 

 Sources for Additional Information on Clark

 

Colonel Clark named chief. AANA NewsBulletin. 1964;18(1):13.

Sarnecky MT. Biographies of the Superintendents and Chiefs of the ANC: Colonel Mildred I. Clark. Army Nurse Corps Association website.​

Gunn IP. Pearl Harbor, the Korean Conflict, and COL Mildred Irene Clark. AANA Journal. 2000;68(6):487-490.

Superintendents and Chiefs of the Army Nurse Corps: Mildred Irene Clark. US Army Medical Department Office of Medical History website.