R 067
2016 -- S 2485
Enacted 02/23/2016

S E N A T E   R E S O L U T I O N

Introduced By: Senators Paiva Weed, DiPalma, Walaska, Coyne, and Nesselbush
Date Introduced: February 23, 2016

     WHEREAS, On May 13, 1908, President Theodore Roosevelt signed the Naval
Appropriations Bill that authorized the establishment of the Nurse Corps as a staff corps of the
United States Navy. The twenty women who joined were the first women to join the United
States Navy and have forever been immortalized as the "Sacred Twenty"; and
     WHEREAS, Originally, Navy Nurses were assigned to hospitals throughout the nation.
Later, they were sent to medical facilities overseas in Cuba, Guam, the Philippines, Haiti and
elsewhere. When World War I occurred, the Navy Nurse Corps had greatly expanded to
approximately 1,500 nurses and by 1918, they were serving in hospital units in Ireland, Scotland,
and in France, close to combat operations. The Navy Nurse Corps also, while on active duty, had
to face the deadly Influenza pandemic of 1918. Nineteen Navy Corps Nurses died while on active
duty during World War I; and
     WHEREAS, During World War II, 1,799 active duty Navy Corps Nurses served our
nation with valor and courage across six continents. Navy nurses on duty during the Japanese
attack on Pearl Harbor saved countless lives; and
     WHEREAS, In addition, these heroic nurses cared for wounded marines, soldiers and
sailors in New Caledonia, the Solomon Islands, New Guinea, Guam, Saipan, Iwo Jima, Okinawa,
Italy, England, and other points across the globe. Numerous Navy Corps Nurses were captured
and confined as Prisoners of War. Navy Corps Nurses serving in the Philippines were captured in
1942, and became known as the "Angels of Bataan" as they continued to function as a nursing
unit under horrific conditions and saved many lives; and
     WHEREAS, Navy Corps Nurses have served our nation during every military conflict
since World War I and in their distinguished 108 years of service to our nation they have
provided our military members, retirees, and dependents with the finest and most compassionate
medical care possible; now, therefore be it
     RESOLVED, That this Senate of the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantations
hereby proudly proclaims May 13, 2016 to be "Navy Nurse Corps Day" in the State of Rhode
Island; and be it further
     RESOLVED, That the Secretary of State be and hereby is authorized and directed to
transmit a duly certified copy of this resolution to Trish Culver, President, New England Navy
Nurse Corps Association.