St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Parkersburg, 1936
U.S. Army Nurse, World War II & Korea


Submitted by Gerald Bills.

Parkersburg News, November 30, 2003 - Maj. Ruby Pritchard

PARKERSBURG - Ruby Ellen Pritchard, Major U.S. Army Nurse Corps, retired, died Nov. 28, 2003, at Worthington Manor. She was born Nov. 14, 1914, to Rosco C. and Nancy Rebecca LaRue Pritchard in Pullman, W.Va. She graduated from Pennsboro High School in 1932 and St. Joseph's School of Nursing, Cum Laude in 1936. She was employed as a staff nurse at Muhlenburg Hospital, Plainfield, N.J., from 1937-1938 and Kings County Hospital, Brooklyn, N.Y., from 1939-1941. She entered the Army Nurse Corps Oct. 15,1941 and was assigned to Barksdale Field, Shreveport, La., until January 1943, when she was assigned to Fort Polk, La., for overseas assignments. She was assigned to 140th Evacuation Hospital in France and Germany until the end of World War II. Upon returning to the states, she had several short assignments for the next few months. She spent a year at Fort Carson, Colo., and two years at Fort Riley, Kan. From there in 1949, she was sent to Johnson Air Force Base, Japan. After two years in Japan, the Korean War started. In February 1951, she was sent to Puson, Korea. Returning to the states in March 1952; she was assigned to Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Aberdeen, Md. After 18 months, she was assigned to Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas, for Nursing Administration School. After nine months, she was assigned as chief nurse at Fort Monroe, Va. In 1957, she was sent to Nuremberg, Germany for two years. In 1959, she was assigned to Walter Reed Army Hospital. In 1962, she was sent to Fort Lawton, Seattle; Wash., as chief of nursing services. After retiring, she lived in Pacific Grove, Calif., for five years before returning to Vienna, W.Va., in 1969. - She was a life member of the Military Officers Association of America, Mountain State Chapter Officer, St. Joseph's Nurses Alumni Association, Wayside United Methodist Church and Ruth Fellowship Circle. - She is survived by her nephews, John M. Pritchard and his wife, Susan, of Clarksburg, W.Va., and Donald Pritchard of California; a niece, Nancy Ann Taylor of Parkersburg; greatnephews, Josh A. Pritchard of Vienna, Michael Pritchard of Wisconsin and Matthew Pritchard of Philadelphia, Pa.; great-nieces, Traci Pritchard of California, Odessa Clay of Huntington, W.Va., and Lora Hale of North Carolina; several greatgreat-nieces; and one great-great-nephew. - She was preceded in death by two brothers, Kenneth L. and Arch G. Pritchard; one sister, Ena Mae Vaughan; and one nephew, James K. Pritchard. - Services will be held 1 p.m. Monday at Leavitt Funeral Home, Parkersburg with the Rev. Joseph Kenaston officiating. Burial will be in IOOF Cemetery, St. Marys with military honors. - Visitation will be from 2-4 and 7-9 p.m. today. - Memorial contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association, American Cancer Society or Wayside United Methodist Church.