Black Hawk County

Ensign Mary Kingman



Cedar Falls -- Mary Kingman, daughter of Mrs. Grace Kingman, 416 West Fourth street, has joined the United States Naval Nurses Reserve corps and will leave her home next week to begin her duties for the duration of the war. She will report for nursing duty at the naval base hospital in San Diego, Cal.

Miss Kingman, who is a registered nurse and also an American Red Cross nurse, received her training from the nurses training school at University of Iowa, graduating in 1940. Since that time she has been employed on the general duty staff at the university hospital.

Miss Kingman is the second Cedar Falls nurse to join the navy as a nurse, the first being Dora M. Smith, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. M. Smith, 510 Walnut street, who is serving in the regular Naval Nurse corps as an instructor at Great Lakes, Ill.

Source: The Courier (Waterloo IA) February 24, 1942 (photo included)


Members of the nurse corps, only women in the navy permitted to serve overseas, perform many highly important and technical duties. Enjoying a period of recreation from those duties, this group of nurse, riding enthusiasts, admire one of their favorite mounts. From left are, Lieut (j.g.) Mary C. Rivin, New York, N.Y.; Ensign Mary Kingman, Cedar Falls, Ia. and Ensign Mary Smith, Long Beach, Cal. They are serving in a south Pacific naval fleet hospital.

Source: The DesMoines Tribune, August 3, 1944 (photo included)