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Lenah Sutcliffe Higbee, U.S. Navy

Lenah Higbee was a Canada native, born in 1874. She came to America in 1899 to complete her formal nurse training at the New York Postgraduate HospitalThat same year, she married her husband, John Henley Higbee a retired U.S. Marine Corps Lieutenant ColonelLenah worked in private practice healthcare until her husband had passed away in 1908. She then decided to further her career by attending a post graduate course at Fordham Hospital, New York City.   

In 1908 congress had passed legislation for the Navy Nurse Corps and required the applicants to be unmarried and 22 to 44 years of age. Therefore, Lenah, a 36-year-old widowdecided to joinTwenty females made up the first group of Navy Nurses– later known as the “Sacred Twenty”. 

Just one year later, Higbee was the Chief Nurse at Norfolk Naval Hospital, and in 1911, became the second Superintendent of the Corps– a role she held for eleven years. She was never given a rank and was paid far less than her male colleagues.  

Not only did Higbee grow the Nurse Corps from 160 to over 1,300 nurses, she also served on several healthcare committees, preparing the Red Cross for the impacts of WWI. She then led the Nurse Corps through the war and survived the Spanish Flu epidemic. For her accomplishments, she was awarded the Navy Cross in 1920  

Lenah also advocated for healthcare to dependents of military members and formalized the Navy nursing uniforms bearing the oak leaf and acorn over an anchor 

Higbee retired from the Navy in 1922 after fourteen years of serviceShe essentially shaped the Navy Nurse Corps and had left a significant influence on the Navy. She also became the first woman to have a U.S. Navy warship named after her. 

 

Sources 

https://www.history.navy.mil/research/histories/biographies-list/bios-h/higbee-lenah-s.html 

https://usnhistory.navylive.dodlive.mil/2018/03/05/lenah-higbee-a-continuing-legacy-and-trailblazer-for-navy-women/  

https://valor.militarytimes.com/hero/9550 

 

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