Cedar County

Lt. Gladys Cook



SENIOR STUDENT NURSES GET BADGES -- Formal presentation of American Red Cross Nursing service senior reserve badges was made Friday afternoon at French hall to 15 of the 16 members of the 1942 graduating class of St. Luke's School of Nursing. Photographed above are recipients of the badges:

First row: Wanda Casper, Dorothy Miller, Ethel Guenther, Doris Yanausch, Ruth Upton;

Second row: Dorothy Hagen, Doris Meyers, Margaret Whalen, Elaine Ricketts, Wylma Callahan;

Third row: Gladys Cook, Maxine Parnell, Marjorie Kelsh, Julia Mohl and Virginia Oehler.

Ten of the girls will be in the service by January, two in the navy and eight in the army.

Source: The Daily Times, September 5, 1942 (group photo included)


BENNETT, Ia. -- Miss Gladys Cook, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Cook of Bennett, has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the army nurse corps and has received orders to report for duty Feb. 9 at Fitzsimmons general hospital, Denver, Colo.

Miss Cook graduated from St. Luke's hospital of nursing in 1942.

She will later be transferred to the 31st general hospital unit for overseas duty for which she has enlisted.

Source: The Daily Times, Davenport, IA, February 1, 1943 (photo included)

Care For Wounded in the South Pacific Area

Source: The Daily Times, Davenport, IA - October 21, 1944 (photo included only)

Two Davenport Nurses in Group Sweating in So. Pacific

Headquarters South Pacific Base Command -- While Iowans kick the snow from their shoes this winter, 19 fellow citizens, including two Davenporters, will be mopping sweat from their brows at jobs vital to the Pacific war.

They're Iowa army nurses assigned to the South Pacific. Working a long way from home, in climate as ardous as any in the the world, they've established an enviable record.

Army officials say medical accomplishments in the South Pacific have been "outstanding" in the face of hardships like heat, insects and virtual isolation from civilization. Much of the credit goes to army nurses who supplied medical and technical skill available from no other source.


The same patriotic urging that brought the Iowans to the jungles prompted them to stay until their jobs are done. Capt. Loretta C. Carmody, 506 South Third street, Marshalltown, Ia., chief nurse at a hospital in the New Hebrides islands, expressed a typical sentiment:

"Being able to care for the wounded is a privilege for any American, and worth any encountered hardship."

Iowans serve on islands rangin from New Caledonia, just inside the tropics 1,000 miles northeast of Australia to sweltering Guadalcanal, furtherest point of Japanse advance in 1942.

Most of the 19 nurses are rounding out their first year overseas, but some have been on this side of the Pacific more than two years. The Nurses and their assignments:

New Hebrides - Second Lieut. Wylma J. Callahan, 1315 East High street Davenport; Lieut. Fern D. Coleman, 619 North street, Decorah; Second Lieut. Dorothea M. Diamond, Faulkner; Lieut. Mildred Dillon, Webster; Second Lieut. Doris L. Meyers, Nichols; Lieut Ruby La Verne Morlan, Jefferson; Capt. Loretta C. Carmody, 506 South Third street, Marshalltown; Second Lieut.Gladys Pearl Cook, Lone Tree; Lieut. Wilma S. Vander Hoek, Lynnville; Second Lieut. Esther G. Sell, Gowrie; Lieut. Elaine V. Ricketts, 2025 Asbury road, Dubuque, and Second Lieut. Dorothy E. Nelson, Kingsley.

Guadalcanal - Second Lieut. Helen E. Hunter, Solon.

New Caledonia - Second Lieut. Margaret F. Young, 2809 East Pleasant street, Davenport; Second Lieut. Carolyn Scholl, Harcourt; Second Lieut. Josephine A. Johnson, Danbury; Lieut. Mildred Hanson, Bancroft; and Second Lieut Barbara J Forrester, 1017 South Glass street, Sioux City.

Source: Quad City Times, October 22, 1944

Former Bennett Girl Serving as Nurse in N. Hebrides Hospital

WITH U.S. ARMY FORCES IN THE NEW HEBRIDES -- On duty is Second Lt. Gladys Cook, ANC, formerly of Bennett, Ia., a nurse in the surgery of the station hospital. She is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Cook, Lone Tree, Iowa.

Lt. Cook graduated on 1942 from St. Luke's hospital school of nursing, Davenport. Prior to entering the army she was a general duty nurse registered in Iowa.

Lt. Cook was commissioned in the army nurse corps in January, 1943, and assigned to Fitzsimmons General hospital, Denver, Colo. In July, 1943, she was assigned to the 31st general hospital in training at Camp Carson, Colo. She came overseas in October, 1943, and joined her present unit in April, 1944.

Source: The Daily Times, November 14, 1944