Sue S. Dauser

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Sue S. Dauser
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CAPT Sue S. Dauser , USN (NC)
Born (1888-09-20)September 20, 1888
Anaheim, California
Died March 11, 1972(1972-03-11) (aged 83)
Allegiance United States of America
Service/branch Navy, Nurse Corps
Years of service 1917 – 1945
Rank Captain
Unit USS Relief (AH-1), USS Argonne[disambiguation needed], USS Henderson (AP-1)
Commands held Superintendent of the United States Navy Nurse Corps
Battles/wars World War I, World War II
Awards Navy Distinguished Service Medal

Sue S. Dauser was the fifth Superintendent of the United States Navy Nurse Corps, guiding the Nurse Corps through World War II.

Early life

Sue Sophia Dauser was born in Anaheim, California, on 20 September 1888. She graduated from the California Hospital School of Nursing in 1914.

Navy Nurse Corps Career

Sue S. Dauser became a Navy Nurse in September 1917, subsequently serving with Naval Base Hospital Number 3 in the U.S. and in Edinburgh, Scotland during World War I, holding the grade of Chief Nurse for most of that period. Following World War I, she was placed in charge of nursing activities at the U.S. Naval Hospital at San Diego, California. During the 1920s, Chief Nurse Dauser served on board several ships and in overseas billets in Guam and the Philippines as well as in naval hospitals in the U.S. She tended President Warren G. Harding during his fatal illness in 1923.[1]

In the 1930s, Chief Nurse Dauser was principal Chief Nurse at several Navy medical facilities.

Contributions as Superintendent

Sue S. Dauser was appointed Superintendent of the Navy Nurse Corps in 1939. Serving in that capacity throughout the Second World War, she supervised the great wartime expansion of the corps and its activities throughout the world. Under her administration, the membership of the corps grew from 436 to over 11,000 by 1945. In July 1942, she was invested with the permanent relative rank of Lieutenant Commander. In December, she received the temporary relative rank of Captain, the first woman to receive this rank in the history of the US Navy. In February 1944, her relative captaincy was changed to actual commission for the duration of the war plus 6 months.[2] Captain Dauser was awarded the Navy Distinguished Service Medal for her work as Superintendent during World War II.

Later life

Captain Sue S. Dauser died on 11 March 1972.


  1. Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, United States Navy. [1] "White Task Force: the story of the Nurse Corps, United States Navy." (NAVMED 939 1945), pgs. 21-22.
  2. Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, United States Navy. [2] "White Task Force: the story of the Nurse Corps, United States Navy." (NAVMED 939 1945), pg. 22.

Further reading

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  • Sterner, Doris M. (1997). In and Out of Harm's Way: A history of the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. Seattle, WA: Peanut Butter Publishing. ISBN 0-89716-706-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  • Godson, Susan H. (2001). Serving Proudly: A history of Women in the U.S. Navy. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press. ISBN 1-55750-317-6.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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Preceded by
Myn M. Hoffman
Superintendent, Navy Nurse Corps
Succeeded by
Nellie Jane DeWitt