Nona (Hambright) Vay

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US Navy Nurse Corps, Jan. 1941-Oct. 1947

Nona (Hambright) Vay joined the Navy in Jan. 1941 and was discharged as a lieutenant commander in Oct. 1947 because she married. She was first assigned to the US Naval Hospital in Philadelphia, PA. Vay’s naval nursing career included duty at the US Naval hospitals in Key West, FL; Brooklyn, NY; and Mare Island, CA; at the US Naval Dispensary in Mechanicsburg, PA; and on board the hospital ship USS Bountiful in the South Pacific. The USSBountiful, formerly the troop ship USSHenderson, included one of the few blood banks on board a Navy ship and cared for casualties of the Marianas invasions, Peleliu landing, Philippines campaign, Iwo Jima and Okinawa.

We honor you, Nona Vay.

(#Repost @womensmemorial.org)

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