|Birth: ||Nov. 7, 1916|
North Carolina, USA
|Death: ||Aug. 14, 1968, Japan|
US Army Nurse, LTC Annie Ruth Graham, World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War Veteran, Native of Efland, NC.
US Army Nurse, Lieutenant Colonel Annie Ruth Graham was a casualty of the Vietnam War. As a member of the Army Reserve, LTC Graham served our country until August 14th, 1968 in South Vietnam. She was 51 years old and was not married. Annie died from a stroke. LTC Graham is on panel 48W, line 012 of the Vietnam Memorial Wall in Washington D.C. She served our country for 26 years.
LTC Annie Ruth Graham died at the Tachikawa Air Force Hospital, Japan, on the fourteenth of August 1968. Ruth was admitted to the 91st Evacuation Hospital at 10:30 p.m. on 8 August, after suffering what appeared at first to be a fainting spell. Upon admission to the hospital her illness was diagnosed as a subarachnoid hemmorrhage. Due to the seriousness of her condition she was evacuated, with one of the physicians in attendance, to the U.S. Air Force Hospital at Tachikawa Air Force Base, Japan, where, despite every effort to save her life, she died at 9:55pm on the fourteenth of August.
Annie Ruth Graham's final Christmas Letter to friends and family, 1967: Greetings! This Christmas finds me a long, long way from North Carolina. I arrived in Saigon on 18 November and almost immediately departed for Tuy Hoa (pronounced Too-ey Wah) where our hospital (400 bed) is located directly on the beach of the South China Sea which is perfectly beautiful but quite treacherous. All buildings here are tropical type and the hospital is cantonment style. It is monsoon season now so we have torrential rains at times. The climate is quite humid but the nights are really rather pleasant. Getting used to my new outfit (tropical fatigues, jungle boots, and "baseball cap") is not as "exciting" as in World War II but I'm quite sure I'll manage to survive it all! Our nursing staff consists of 59 nurses (12 male) who of our enlisted personnel seem very well trained and apparently have been doing an excellent job. The tour of duty here is 12 months so I plan to be home for Christmas next year. I hope you have had a good year and that your Christmas is filled with joy and the New Year with more happiness than you could possibly wish for. Hope, too, that everyone will pray for peace. Love, Ruth.
I know Ruth touched many lives during her career, as evidenced by the letters she sent home to her parents. Ruth began her Army career as a Second Lieutenant in 1942 general duty nurse. She served in WWII, the Korean War and finally Vietnam. Her numerous tours of duty included caring for polio victims in Ethiopia. Ruth spent her off-duty hours in Viet Nam caring for civilian land mine victims. Colonel Graham died in Viet Nam on August 14, 1968. Her last post was Chief Nurse at 91st Evacuation Hospital, 43rd Medical Group, 44th Medical Brigade, Tuy Hoa. She was never married, and had no children. She was buried in the nurse's section of Arlington Cemetery.
A remembrance of Annie Ruth Graham is included in the nonfiction book "Potpourri of War" by Noonie Fortin (published in 1998 by Langmarc Publishing). We all owe a tremendous debt of gratitude to her and the other members of our military who gave so much. Richard.
ANNIE RUTH GRAHAM, DEDICATED NURSE FOR 26 YEARS. I am putting together a scrapbook of my Great-Aunt Ruth. If you knew her, or knew of her, I would appreciate anything you would like to say to add to the scrapbook. Thanks for any information you can provide. Thank you for this wonderful site. Ruth began her Army career as a 2nd Lt in 1942 General Duty nurse. She served in WWII, the Korean War and finally Viet Nam. Her numerous tours of duty included caring for polio victims in Ethiopia. Ruth spent her off-duty hours in Viet Nam caring for civilian land mine victims. Lt. Colonel Graham died in Viet Nam 8/14/68. Her last post was Chief Nurse at 91st Evac Hospital, 43rd Medical Group, 44th Med Bde, Tuy Hoa. She was never married, and had no children. I am putting together a scrapbook of my Great-Aunt Ruth. If you knew her, or knew of her, I would appreciate anything you would like to say to add to the scrapbook. Thanks for any information you can provide. Great-Niece, Christin Kirby, Fairfax, VA. 22031, firstname.lastname@example.org.
She is the Daughter of Mr James Daniel Graham and Mrs Tiny Collins Burton Graham of Orange County, NC. Sister to Aubrey, Alta, Alma, Allen and Archie.
She served as Chief Nurse with Headquarters and Headquarters Detachment, 91st Evacuation Hospital, 43rd Medical Group, 44th Medical Brigade, USARV.
Her Military Decorations were: Legion of Merit, WWII American Campaign Medal, European – African – Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with 2 Bronze Service Stars. World War II Victory Medal, Army of Occupation Medal(Japan), Korean Service Medal,United Nations Service Medal,National Defense Service Medal, National Defense service Medal with 1st Oak Leaf Cluster, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with 10 Year Device, And one of only eight nurses listed on the Viet Nam Veterans Memorial, Washington, DC.
Arlington National Cemetery
Plot: Nurses Section 21/569
Created by: Tom Reece
Record added: Feb 07, 2007
Find A Grave Memorial# 17852449