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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

RUBY FICKLIN BRYANT PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Ruby Ficklin Bryant (1908-2002)of Emmerton, Virginia, served in the ANC (Army Nurse Corps) from 1934-1961. She served as the ninth chief of the ANC from 1951-1955.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

This collection contains copies of biographical information, articles about Bryant, correspondence, photographs, and a copy of a 1997 Richmond Intermediate School "Close Ties."


BIOGRAPHY

Ruby Ficklin Bryant of Emmerton, Virginia, was born in 1908. She graduated from the Army School of Nursing, Walter Reed General Hospital, Washington, DC in 1932. She enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps in 1934. She served in Manila and Corregidor, Philippines from 1937-1940 where she helped establish the Malinta Tunnel Hospital.

During World War II she served in Georgia and Maryland and in 1944 she was promoted to lieutenant colonel while serving as director of nursing service at the Fourth Service Command in Atlanta, Georgia.

After World War II, Bryant returned to the Philippines where she was the director of nurses in the Far East Command based in Tokyo.

From 1 October 1951 to 30 September 1955, she was promoted to colonel and served as the ninth chief of the ANC (Army Nurse Corps).

She later served as the chief of the nursing service in Europe and then as nursing director at Brooke Army Medical Center, Fort Sam Houston, Texas until she retired on 30 June 1961. She was awarded the Legion of Merit.

Bryant died on 3 January 2002 in Warsaw, Virginia.