March 29, 1920

Alene Duerk first female Admiral in U.S. Navy and Nurse is born.

Alene Bertha Duerk became the first female admiral in the U.S. Navy in 1972. She was also the director of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps from 1970 to 1975. She is a 1974 recipient of a Distinguished Alumni Award of Case Western Reserve University’s Frances Payne Bolton School of Nursing. 

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