Nurse Helen Grace McClelland in her World War I uniform. Her distinguished service on the front lines during the war earned McClelland a citation from General Sir Douglas Haig, the Royal Red Cross First Class from Britain, and the Distinguished Service Cross from the United States. A graduate of the Pennsylvania Hospital School of Nursing, McClelland later served as the School's director for 23 years (1933-1956).
Nurse Miss Ann A. Bernatitus, Legion of Merit WW2 Miss Ann A. Bernatitus, the only U.S. Navy nurse to escape from Bataan, becomes the first member of the U.S. Navy to receive the Legion of Merit decoration. Miss Ann A. Bernatitus was one of the group of nurses known as “The Angels of Bataan” (or the “Angels of Bataan and Corregidor” and “The Battling Belles of Bataan”). Source: All Hands Magazine, November 1942. http://www.lonesentry.com/blog/nurse-gets-legion-of-merit.html