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 Margaret Elizabeth “Miss U” <I>Doolin</I> Utinsky

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Margaret Elizabeth “Miss U” Doolin Utinsky

  • Birth 26 Aug 1900 Saint Louis, St. Louis County, Missouri, USA
  • Death 30 Aug 1970 Lakewood, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Gardena, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Memorial ID 21904597

Margaret Utinsky was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Truman for her efforts as a nurse during World War II. She posed as a Lithuanian nurse in the Phillipines and led an underground movement to smuggle medication, food, and other supplies to American POWs. She was imprisoned and tortured, but after being released, resumed her activities. She is credited with helping countless soldiers, saving many lives. She spent much of her childhood in Canada. Her first husband, John Rowley, died a year after their marriage. They had a son, Charles. She later married John "Jack" Utinsky. Her second husband survived the Bataan Death March, but died of starvation while imprisoned by the Japanese. She wrote a book about her experiences titled "Miss U," which was her code name. Her story was also included in the movie "The Great Raid."

Bio by: A Marine Daughter

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Valiantly served her country by working with the Filipino resistance movement to provide medicine, food, aide, and hope to allied POWs in the Philippines in World War II.

This marker is dedicated this 31st day of May 2010 Roosevelt Memorial Park Association





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  • Originally Created by: A Marine Daughter
  • Added: 2 Oct 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 21904597
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