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Dauser, Sue S.

Dauser, Sue S.

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Captain, Nurse Corps, USN, (1888-1972)

Sue Sophia Dauser was born in Anaheim, California, on 20 September 1888. Graduated from the California School of Nursing in 1914, she became a Navy Nurse in September 1917, subseqently serving with Naval Base Hospital Number 3 in the U.S. and in Scotland during World War I, holding the grade of Chief Nurse for most of that period. Following the War, she was placed in charge of nursing activities at the U.S. Naval Hospital at San Diego, California. During the 1920s, Chief Nurse Dauser served on board several ships and in overseas as well as U.S. facilities. She tended President Warren G. Harding during his fatal illness in 1923.


In the 1930s, Chief Nurse Dauser was principal Chief Nurse at several Navy medical facilities. She was appointed Superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps in 1939. Serving in that capacity throughout the Second World War, she supervised the great wartime expansion of the Nurse Corps and its activities throughout the World. In December 1942, after changes in the law, she received the rank of Captain. Retired from active duty in November 1945, Captain Sue S. Dauser died on 11 March 1972.


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