Black History: Clara Leach Adams-Ender

Clara Leach Adams-Ender was the 1st black woman and nurse to receive a master’s degree from the U.S. Army Command and General Staff College. She was also the 1st woman to be awarded the Expert Field Medical Badge, the 1st black Army Nurse Corps officer to graduate from the Army War College, the 1st black nurse appointed chief of nursing at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington D.C., and lastly, the 1st black chief of the United States Army Nurse Corps.

black woman wearing US Army officer uniform

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