Stars and Stripes
By Corey Dickstein
25 Jul 2018
Following her death, Navy officials described her as a trailblazer for military women and a medical innovator.WASHINGTON -- The first woman to rise to admiral in the Navy died Saturday, just more than 46 years after her groundbreaking promotion into the ranks of flag officer, the service announced Wednesday.
Retired Rear Adm. Alene Duerk, the first woman to rise to admiral in the U.S. Navy died Saturday, June 21, 2018. (U.S. NAVY)Retired Rear Adm. Alene Duerk spent her career in the Navy's nursing corps, serving during three major wars and eventually rising to the Navy's top nurse position, according to the Naval History and Heritage Command. She was 98 years old.
Duerk never envisioned making the Navy a career when she entered the service as an ensign in 1941 after graduating from the Toledo Hospital School of Nursing in her native Ohio, she said in a 2016 interview at Bowling Green State University.
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UPDATE: It took time for Time to report this. They just did on July 30!