A Soldier's Story: 1st Lieutenant Mildred Jeanette Dalton

1st Lieutenant Mildred Jeanette Dalton was born on July 11, 1914, on a farm in Barrow county Georgia.

She attended the Atlanta Grady Memorial Hospital Nursing School, graduating in 1937.  She would spend a couple of years as a civilian surgical nurse before enlisting in the US Army.

Lieutenant Dalton joined the US Army Nursing Corps in 1939 so that she could travel and see the world.  She would specifically request a transfer to the Philippines in 1941.

Shortly after her October arrival, the Japanese began bombing Pearl Harbor and the Philippines.

She, along with 77 other nurses would continue to treat wounded in tent hospitals and in an underground tunnel until the Japanese captured the Philippines in May of 1942.  She and the 77 other nurses continued to treat wounded in the prison of Santo Tomas, facing grueling conditions and near starvation until their release on February 3, 1945.

Lieutenant Dalton briefly toured for war bonds before she decided to get married and resign from the Army. She moved to Jacksonville Florida and continued to work as a civilian nurse throughout her life.

In 1994 she would relocate to Hopewell New Jersey, where she would die on March 8, 2013.  Lieutenant Dalton rests at the Washington Crossing National Cemetery.

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