Anna Mae Hays

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Anna Mae Hays
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Born (1920-02-16) February 16, 1920 (age 96)
Buffalo, New York, U.S.
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch  United States Army
Years of service 1942-1971
Rank US-O7 insignia.svg Brigadier General
Commands held Army Nurse Corps
Battles/wars World War II
Korean War
Awards Legion of Merit (2)

Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays (born February 16, 1920) was the first woman in the U.S. Armed Forces to be promoted to a general officer rank.


Hays was born in 1920 in Buffalo, New York. Following graduation from high school, she enrolled at General Hospital School of Nursing, from which she graduated in 1941, having obtained a diploma in nursing. She then joined the Army Nurse Corps in early 1942, and was sent to the China Burma India Theater.[1]

Stationed in India for the duration of World War II, she was on leave in the United States when the war ended. Remaining with the Corps, she saw service during the Korean War. A succession of academic posts followed including a stint at Walter Reed Hospital, and she also earned a Master in Science in Nursing degree. She was promoted on June 11, 1970, after being appointed by President Richard Nixon on May 15, of that year. She was chief of the Army Nurse Corps from September 1, 1967 until her retirement on August 31, 1971.[1]

On the same day, directly after the promotion of Colonel Hays, Elizabeth P. Hoisington was also promoted to Brigadier General.


Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze oak leaf cluster
Bronze star
Bronze star
Bronze star
1st Row Legion of Merit w/ OLC Army Commendation Medal American Campaign Medal
2nd Row Asiatic-Pacific Campaign Medal w/ one service star World War II Victory Medal Army of Occupation Medal
3rd Row National Defense Service Medal w/ OLC Korean Service Medal w/ three service stars United Nations Korea Medal

See also[edit]

Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays Bio and Interviews


  1. ^ a b Sarnecky, Mary T. "Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays 13th Chief, Army Nurse Corps". Army Nurse Corps Association. Retrieved 27 November 2011. 

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