Second Lieutenant Beatrice E. Hill was a dispensary nurse at Tuskegee Army Air Field. She was a graduate of Hampton Institute School of Nursing. It was recorded that Hampton was affiliated with other nursing schools by 1944. Hampton’s nursing students also took courses at St. Philip School of Nursing in Richmond, Virginia from where three other Tuskegee Army Nurses graduated. They were also affiliated with Brooklyn State Hospital in Brooklyn, New York and the Visiting Nurse Service in Norfolk.
In 1944, she was promoted to first lieutenant. She was one of the five nurses initially transferred from Tuskegee to Lockbourne Army Air Base (LAAB) on May 3, 1946. She also shared the role as principal chief nurse with Elizabeth Dozier while at LAAB. (Hampton University website, 1942 yearbook, Hawk’s Cry base newspaper, station hospital roster, LAAB nursing article from 1947)
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