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LTC Cordelia Elizabeth “Betty” <I>Cook</I> Fillmore

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LTC Cordelia Elizabeth “Betty” Cook Fillmore

Birth
Fort Thomas, Campbell County, Kentucky, USA
Death 19 Jun 1996 (aged 77)
Upper Arlington, Franklin County, Ohio, USA
Burial Southgate, Campbell County, Kentucky, USA
Plot Sec 66; Lot 163-A
Memorial ID 102284032 View Source
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Cook was born in Fort Thomas, Kentucky, on March 17, 1919. Cook had three siblings (Navada b.1904, Catherine b. 1905, Louis III b. 1908 Henry b.1913, John "Jack" b.1924)

Cordelia was an American combat nurse in the US Army Nurse Corps during WW II. She was the first woman in the U.S. Army to receive both the Bronze Star Medal and the Purple Heart.

Cook attended the Christ Hospital School of Nursing in Cincinnati, Ohio, for 3 years and graduated in 1940. She became a surgical nurse of first lieutenant rank in the United States Army Nurse Corps.[4] Cook was sent to Europe during World War II. The field hospital in Italy she was working at was bombed, while she was nursing wounded soldiers in 1943. In spite of the dangers she continued her nursing duties into January 1944 at the 11th Field Hospital in the Presenzano sector at the Italian front. She received a Bronze Star Metal award for her service, being the first woman to receive this award. Cook sustained a shrapnel wound from German artillery fire while carrying out her duties. Because of this she additionally received the Purple Heart award, being the first woman to receive both the Bronze Star Medal and Purple Heart military awards.

Cook was a registered nurse at Doctors Hospital North in Columbus, Ohio, for 28 years. She was a member of the Crestview Presbyterian Church in West Chester, Ohio, near Cincinnati.

Cook married Harold E. Fillmore, a U.S. Army captain. They had 1 daughter, Sara and 2 sons, David and William.

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