Washington University School of Medicine Oral History Project

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Chief nurse Julia C. Stimson and nurses, 1917
Chief nurse Julia C. Stimson (at far right) and a group of nurses from Base Hospital 21 on the deck of the S. S. St. Paul in May 1917. The nurses did not receive their uniforms from the Red Cross until they reached New York and were about to sail for England. Each nurse was given caps and armbands, a soft cape lined with bright red flannel, a soft dark blue felt hat with hatpins, a heavy dark brown blanket, a long heavy double-breasted dark blue military coat, and a dark blue serge dress. Chief Nurse Julia C. Stimson wrote her family that “the effect of the whole outfit is very shipshape, though a little somber.”