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 Ethel R <I>Kovach</I> Scott

Ethel R Kovach Scott

Yonkers, Westchester County, New York, USA
Death 30 Jul 2004 (aged 87)
Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, USA
Burial Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA
Plot Section 21, Grave 317
Memorial ID 49310823 · View Source
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COL Scott was the fourth chief nurse of the US Air Force. She was instrumental in writing the first flight nurse manual which, with periodic revisions, still serves as the basic guide for flight nurses. She established the first course for aerospace nursing at Patrick Air Force Base in FL, which prepares nurses to support the preflight and post-flight programs of the manned spaceflights.

Born in NY, her family moved to OH and then settled in Bad Axe MI while she was still young. She and her twin sister graduated from Owendale High School in 1934, and attended St Mary's Hospital School of Nursing in Detroit. She received her BS degree in Nursing from Catholic University in Washington DC. She entered the Army in February 1942 and was assigned to the Army Air Forces at Chanute Field in IL. Her experiences with flight nursing duties aboard C-47 aircraft began when she was transferred to a temporary camp at Noumea, New Caledonia. Returning to the US, she attended a flight nursing course and received her wings. She was assigned to Palm Springs CA as Chief Flight Nurse in November 1944, then to Stockton CA as Chief Nurse, and then to Ferrying Division of the Domestic Air Evacuation Command in Cincinnati OH as Command Flight Nurse. She was assigned to the first aeromedical evacuation unit to enter the South Pacific later that year. In August 1946, she transferred to Guam as Command, West Pacific Chief Nurse of Western Air Training Command. She returned to Hickam Air Force base in HI as Chief Nurse. She served as Pacific Air Forces (PACAF) Command Nurse in Japan, and was selected as Chief Nurse of Army Air Forces Nursing Corps. She attempted to gain higher rank for nurses and Nurse Corps finally got a general slot when COL Hoefly was promoted. From her experience evacuating combat victims from the field, often under harrowing circumstances, she returned to the US as instructor of the flight nurse course at the School of Aviation Medicine at Fort Rucker, AL. In 1955, she was made the officer responsible for the worldwide assignment of more than 3,000 nurses. Later, she was assigned to the Pentagon as deputy chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps. In 1960, she was assigned as command nurse for the Pacific Command and after three years returned to the Pentagon as chief of the Air Force Nurse Corps in 1963. She retired from the Air Force in 1968. She received her master's degree in nursing administration from Catholic University in the early 1970s.

After her military retirement, she resided in Silver Spring MD and became a stockbroker and financial planner. She was a member of the National Federation of Business and Professional Women's Clubs. She was also past president of the Fairfax County Business and Professional Women's Club and a recipient of its Woman of the Year award. She was director of the Air Force Nurse Corps Foundation and a charter member of the Aerospace Medical Association. She was a member and officer of many other military organizations, including the Military Order of the World Wars, the American Legion, the Society of Retired Air Force Nurses, the World War II Flight Nurses Association, the Military Order of the Carabao and the Guadalcanal Campaign Veterans. Among her awards were the Legion of Merit and the Air Force Commendation Medal.

She was predeceased by her parents, Louis and Susan (Kriston) Kovach, and six brothers: Alonzo, Joseph, Frank, Louis, William, and George Kovach. Survivors include her husband of 37 years, COL Winfield W Scott USAF (Ret)[deceased 6/2006]; her sisters: twin sister, Helen K Spaulding [deceased 11/2005], and Margaret P Haslett [deceased 5/2012]; a stepson; a stepdaughter; and three grandchildren.

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  • Created by: John C. Anderson
  • Added: 6 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49310823
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ethel R Kovach Scott (23 Aug 1916–30 Jul 2004), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49310823, citing Arlington National Cemetery, Arlington, Arlington County, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by John C. Anderson (contributor 47208015) .