Essington Place resident honored with Order of Military Medical Merit
Retired Lieutenant Colonel Katherine Hayes, who calls Essington Place in Joliet, Ill., home, has been selected as a member of the esteemed Order of Military Medical Merit. The award recognizes Army medical personnel who have demonstrated the highest standards of integrity and moral character, and who have made significant contributions to the Army Medical Department Center. Only 357 individuals have been recognized to receive this award.
Lieutenant Colonel Hayes began her career in the Army as a volunteer in the wake of the Pearl Harbor bombing before enlisting in active duty as a first lieutenant.
From 1942 to 1945, she completed combat service overseas with the 12th General Hospital in North Africa and Italy. In that time, she earned five battle stars for a variety of valiant efforts, including organizing 105 nurses to care for patients in 62 scattered villas perched on three levels of a steep hillside.
Throughout her 20-year career in the Army Nurse Corps, Lieutenant Colonel Hayes served as chief nurse at a variety of hospitals, where she developed outstanding training programs for all new nursing personnel. She earned her bachelor's degree in nursing education from the University of Minnesota.
In 1985, Lieutenant Colonel Hayes contributed a significant donation toward establishing the Army Medical Department Museum, ensuring the reputation of the Army Medical Department with material culture and history.
Thank you, Lieutenant Colonel Hayes, for all your contributions and congratulations on your well-deserved recognition!
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