In 1899, Anna Turner went to Cuba on a cattle boat with 1,400 U.S. troops, 720 horses and mules and nine other Nurses for service in the Spanish-American War. She spent two years in the Yellow Fever Hospital under General William Gorgas. She caught the disease and returned to the United States, but when Gorgas went to Panama for work in connection with the Canal there, she went too and was on board the first ship ever to pass through the completed Panama Canal.
She died at the age of 91 and was buried in Arlington National Cemetery.
TURNER, ANNA REBECCA
- ARMY NURSE CORPS USA CONTRACT NURSE
- DATE OF BIRTH: 01/09/1864
- DATE OF DEATH: 05/25/1954
- BURIED AT: SECTION 21 SITE 402
ARLINGTON NATIONAL CEMETERY
Michael Robert Patterson was born in Arlington and is the son of a former officer of the US Army. So it was no wonder that sooner or later his interests drew him to American history and especially to American military history. Many of his articles can be found on renowned portals like the New York Times, Washingtonpost or Wikipedia.
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