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USS Higbee (DDG-123)


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Named by SecNav Jun 14 2016.

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Higbee 110kLenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee was born in Chatham, New Brunswick, on 18 May 1874. She completed nurses' training at the New York Postgraduate Hospital in 1899 and entered private practice soon thereafter. In October 1908, she joined the newly-established U.S. Navy Nurse Corps as one of its first twenty members and was promoted to Chief Nurse in 1909. In January 1911, Mrs. Higbee (she was the widow of Lieutenant Colonel John Henley Higbee, USMC) became the second Superintendent of the Nurse Corps. For her achievements in leading the Corps through the First World War, Chief Nurse Higbee was awarded the Navy Cross, the first woman to receive that medal. She retired from the Navy in November 1922. Chief Nurse Lenah H. Higbee died at Winter Park, Florida, on 10 January 1941. Photo #: 80-G-1037198. Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee, (NC) USN, portrait photograph, taken in uniform during the World War I era. Official U.S. Navy Photograph, now in the collections of the National Archives.Bill Gonyo
Higbee 61kPoster for the Higbee.Ron Reeves
Higbee 335kPoster for the Higbee.Stephen P. Carlson, Preservation Specialist, National Parks of Boston
Petersen 166kPaul Bosarge, a steel fabrication burner at Ingalls Shipbuilding, presses the button to start fabrication of the Ingalls-built destroyer Lenah H. Sutcliffe Higbee (DDG 123). Bosarge has worked at Ingalls for 39 years.
HII photo by Lance Davis.
Ron Reeves

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