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Famous WWII nurse was born in Fillmore County


Mon, May 23rd, 2016
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A well-known WWII nurse who was born and spent her formative years in the Harmony, Minn. area lived to help others and has been recognized and remembered for her service in many ways.

Hortense E. McKay was born northeast of Harmony, Minn. on a farm on July 16, 1910. She was the second child of George and Lydia (Hahn) McKay. Her siblings included Mabel, Peter, George, and Wallace.

After the family moved to the Brainerd, Minn. area, she graduated from Brainerd High School and then attended St. Cloud Teacher’s College and University of Minnesota School of Nursing in 1933.

Following college, McKay worked as a teacher and worked in the Deerwood TB Sanitarium. Public Health work took her to Louisville, Kentucky, and Galveston, Tex.

McKay joined the Army in 1936 to aid those who needed medical attention.

McKay entered the U.S. Army Nurse Corps at Fort Benning in Georgia in 1939 when the Nazis invaded Poland. While there, she handled patients with pneumonia and influenza.

According to the website en.ww2awards.com, in 1941 she arrived in the Philippines at USAT Grant, Manilla and was stationed at Fort Stotsenburg, working in the hospital.

After being evacuated to Corregidor on December 24, she cared for the wounded in the Malinta railroad tunnel hospital. Early in 1942 she was transferred to the primitive Hospital 2 at Bataan, where she served in the jungles of the Philippines after the attack on Pearl Harbor.

She returned once more to Malinta Tunnel Hospital and was evacuated on May 3, 1942. McKay was next evacuated on the USS Spearfish submarine going from the Philippines to Australia spending three years working in Leyte, New Guinea, and the Philippines.

McKay helped to reorganize the Army Nurse Corps in 1945. In June of 1949 she graduated from the University of Minnesota earning a bachelor of science degree in nursing.

In 1953, she became the director of the department of nursing at the Brooke Army Medical Center at Fort Sam Houston, Tex., until leaving in 1956. She was Chief Nurse in Orleans, France at the Fort Eustis VA Army Hospital until 1957.

McKay then worked as assistant chief of nursing at Fort Ord, Calif., until she retired in 1960 as a Lieutenant Colonel.

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All gave some and some gave all in Vietnam

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Commentary

While the Vietnam War lasted from November 1955 to April 1975, a black cloud seemed to hang over Fillmore County from 1965 to 1970.Out of the 58,307 U.S. soldiers who died in the Vietnam War, 11 of those men came from Fillmore County. The first yo ..... 
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Cemetery staff prepares to host dedication ceremony

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in All Features

Honorable. Memorable. Patriotic. Those are three words that will most likely describe Sunday, May 29, 2016 in Preston, Minn. Now home to a $10.1 million 169-acre state veterans cemetery dedicated to honoring those who have served our country, Pr ..... 
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Edith Minnie (Miles) Norman

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Edith Minnie (Miles) Norman, 86, died peacefully at Vintage Park Memory Care in Las Vegas, Nev., on March 3, 2016. Edith was born on January 7, 1930 in Saratoga, Iowa to Clifford and Phyllis (Louvar) Miles. After graduating from Riceville High S ..... 
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Edward Paul Miller

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Preston Obituaries

Edward Paul Miller, 72, of Preston, died Sunday, May 15, 2016 at his home. There will be a time of remembrance Monday, May 23, 2016 from 5-8 p.m. at Thauwald Funeral Home in Preston. Burial will take place at a later date. Ed was born on June 20, ..... 
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Jerome “O.J.” Manahan

By David Bau

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Chatfield Obituaries

Jerome “O.J.” Manahan, 61, of Chatfield, passed away at Chosen Valley Care Center on Saturday May 14, 2016. Jerome was born December 1, 1954 in Rochester to Maurice and Theresa (Kuisle) Manahan. Jerome graduated from Chosen Valley High Sch ..... 
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Stanley R. Veir

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Rushford Obituaries

Stanley R. Veir, 90, of Rushford, Minn., died on Thursday, May 12, 2016, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Home in Rushford. Stanley was born on June 12, 1925, in Rushford to Lloyd and Alice (Swenside) Veir. He was raised in the Rushford area and atte ..... 
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Andrew Gunnar Olness

Mon, May 23rd, 2016
Posted in Peterson Obituaries

Andrew Gunnar Olness, 73, of Peterson, Minn. died on Monday, May 16, 2016 at Mayo Clinic Hospital - St. Mary’s Campus in Rochester. He was born in Rushford to Norman and Agnes (Gunderson) Olness on August 11, 1942. He was a graduate of the Peterso ..... 
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Meeting Notice

Mon, May 16th, 2016
Posted in All Legals

Meeting Notice There will be a meeting of the Fillmore-Houston Joint Board of Health on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Mabel Community Center, 201 Main St S, Mabel, MN. The meeting will begin at 1:00 p.m. Publish 9,16
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