An Airman's Story: Major Katherine Jeanne Tolen Harris

Major Katherine Jeanne Tolen Harris was born on April 13, 1919, in Langdon, North Dakota.  She graduated from St. Catherine's Hospital School of Nursing in 1939 and enlisted on May 9, 1941.

She was photographed with several other flight nurses for Look Magazine's article "Invasion Heroine: The Flying Nurse."

Major Tolen Harris successfully completed many air evacuations throughout her career, spanning more than ten years, through World War II and into the Korean War before leaving the service on May 4, 1953, to devote time to her family.

Major Katherine Jeanne Tolen Harris died on April 25, 1989, and rests in Mount Moriah Cemetery, Choctaw, Mississippi.


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