Gardiner, Ruth M., 2nd Lt Fallen
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Last Rank
Second Lieutenant
Last Primary AFSC/MOS
9761-Flight Nurse
Last AFSC Group
Medical Services
Last Unit
1943-1943, 9761, 805th Medical Group
Service Years
1942 - 1943
Second Lieutenant

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Home State
Year of Birth
Casualty Info
Home Town
Not Specified
Last Address
Not Specified

Casualty Date
Jul 27, 1943
Non Hostile- Died Other Causes
Air Loss, Crash - Sea
World War II/Other
Location of Interment
Arlington National Cemetery - Arlington, Virginia
Wall/Plot Coordinates
Section 21, Lot 197

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 Military Association Memberships
World War II Fallen
  1943, World War II Fallen

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Flight Nurse Badge

 Unit Assignments
349th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron805th Medical Group
  1942-1943, 9761, 349th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron
  1943-1943, 9761, 805th Medical Group
 My Aircraft/Missiles
C-47 Skytrain/Dakota  
  1942-1943, C-47 Skytrain/Dakota
 Combat and Operations History
  1942-1943 World War II
 Additional Information
Last Known Activity
Ruth M. Gardiner was born May 20, 1914.

2nd Lt. Ruth M. Gardiner enlisted in the USAAF in 1942 and applied for duty as a nurse. She then went on to become a graduate of the first organized course for flight nurses. This course was conducted at the 349th Air Evacuation Group located at Bowman Field, KY.

After achieving her status as a flight nurse, Lt. Gardiner was assigned to Flight A, 805th Medical Air Evacuation Squadron in the Alaska theater of operations. She assisted in preparing, loading, and treating wounded soldiers being transported from combat areas to rear area hospitals.

On 27 July 1943, as she was aboard a C-47 air evacuation flight, she was killed when the aircraft crashed into the sea off Naknek, AK. Lt. Gardiner was the first flight nurse killed in action in World War II.

She is buried at Arlington National Cemetery. Her gravestone stands in Section 21, Lot 197.

One source states she was originally from Pennsylvania, but all other sources report Inndianapolis, IN as her home. Her gravestone at Arlington is engraved "Indiana."

Gardiner General Hospital in Chicago, IL is dedicated to and named for Lt. Gardiner.

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