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Dr Hazel Winifred Johnson Brown
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Birth: Oct. 10, 1927
West Chester
Chester County
Pennsylvania, USA
Death: Aug. 5, 2011
Wilmington
New Castle County
Delaware, USA

Dr. Hazel W. Johnson-Brown of Wilmington, Del., formerly of Chester County

Dr. Hazel W. Johnson-Brown, 83, of Wilmington, Del., formerly of Chester County, first African American Woman General, Ret. of the U. S. Army, died on Friday, August 5, 2011.
Born October 10, 1927 in West Chester, she was the daughter of the late, Clarence L. Johnson, Sr. and Garnett Henley Johnson.

Entering the Army Nurse Corps in 1955, General Johnson-Brown served for the first 12 years in various positions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the 8169th Hospital, Japan; Madigan General Hospital; 45th Surgical Hospital; and Fort Sam Houston and Valley Forge General Hospital. From 1967 to 1973, she was assigned as the project director at the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command in the Army Medical Department field hospital system. Upon completion of her doctoral studies, she was appointed Director of the Walter Reed Army Institute for Nursing; the Office of the Surgeon; the 8th Army Command; and Chief, Department of Nursing, U.S. Army Hospital/121 Evacuation Hospital, Seoul, Korea. In these positions, she was the senior ranking U.S. military nurse in South Korea and the Chief Consultant for Nursing Matters to the Senior Medical Officer, 8th Army Command. In 1979, she was selected to the position of Chief, Army Nurse Corps, and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. General Johnson-Brown became: the 16th Chief of the Army Nurse Corp; the first Chief holding an earned doctorate; the 4th Chief to hold the rank of Brigadier General; and the first black woman General in the history of the U.S. Military Services.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one sister, Gloria Smith of Wilmington, Del.; two brothers, John W. Johnson of New Castle, Del. and Clarence L. Johnson, Jr. of Portgage, Ind. She was preceded in death by one sister and one brother, Arthur and Marie Johnson.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, August 12, at the DeBaptiste Funeral Homes, Inc., Worthington & Miner Sts., West Chester. Friends may greet the family from 10 to 11 a.m. A service will also be held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, August 16, at the St. Clare Roman Catholic Church, 12409 Henderson Road, Clifton, Va.

Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery.


Published in The Daily Local on August 10, 2011


Brigadier General Hazel W. Johnson-Brown
Born in West Chester, PA on Oct. 10, 1927
Departed on Aug. 5, 2011 and resided in Wilmington, DE.
Service: Friday, Aug. 12, 2011
Cemetery: Private



Dr. Hazel W. Johnson-Brown, 83 of Wilmington, DE, formerly of Chester County, First African American Woman General, Ret. of the U. S. Army, dies on Friday, August 5, 2011.

Born October 10, 1927 in West Chester, PA, she was the daughter of the late, Clarence L. Johnson, Sr. and Garnett Henley Johnson.

Entering the Army Nurse Corps in 1955, General Johnson-Brown served for the first 12 years in various positions at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, the 8169th Hospital, Japan; Madigan General Hospital; 45th Surgical Hospital; and Fort Sam Houston and Valley Forge General Hospital. From 1967 to 1973, she was assigned as the project director at the US Army Medical Research and Development Command in the Army Medical Department field hospital system. Upon completion of her doctoral studies, she was appointed Director of the Walter Reed Army Institute for Nursing; the Office of the Surgeon; the 8th Army Command; and Chief, Department of Nursing, US Army Hospital/121 Evacuation Hospital, Seoul, Korea. In these positions, she was the senior ranking US military nurse in South Korea and the Chief Consultant for Nursing Matters to the Senior Medical Officer, 8th Army Command. In 1979, she was selected to the position of Chief, Army Nurse Corps, and promoted to the rank of Brigadier General. General Johnson-Brown became: the 16th Chief of the Army Nurse Corp; the first Chief holding an earned doctorate; the 4th chief to hold the rank of Brigadier General; and the first Black woman General in the history of the US Military Services.

She leaves to cherish her memory, one sister, Gloria Smith of Wilmington, DE; two brothers, John W. Johnson of New Castle, DE and Clarence L. Johnson, Jr. of Portgage, IN.
She is preceded in death by one sister and one brother, Arthur and Marie Johnson. 
 
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 Parents:
  Clarence L Johnson (1894 - 1977)
  Garnett Johnson (1903 - 1979)
 
Burial:
Arlington National Cemetery
Arlington
Arlington County
Virginia, USA
Plot: Section 60 Site 9836
 
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Record added: Aug 09, 2011
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