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First Name: Edith

Last Name: Patient

Birthplace: Campti, LA, USA

Gender: Female

Branch: Air Force (1947 - present)

Middle Name: Marie

Maiden Name: Wimberly

Date of Birth: 17 February 1911

Date of Death: 18 May 1964

Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

Years Served:
Edith Marie Wimberly Patient

•  World War II (1941 - 1945)


Edith Marie Wimberly Patient
Lieutenant Colonel, U.S. Air Force

Edith Marie Wimberly was born on 17 February 1911 in Campti, LA.

Wimberly was a leading figure among a handful of U.S. Army nurses captured by the Japanese upon the surrender of Corregidor in early 1942. She was evacuated to the prison camp at the University of Santo Tomas where she cared for fellow prisoners, including survivors of the death march and Japanese abuses, from mid-1942 until early 1945 when she was liberated.

Less political than some of her fellow nurses, she led a quiet and successful life as a military nurse until her early death. Like her fellow Arkansas-Louisiana-Texas nurse compatriot, Hattie Brantley of East Texas, she was known as one of the "Angels of Bataan."

She was married to U.S. Air Force Medical Doctor, Colonel William F. Patient. He was stationed at Barksdale Air Force Base during much of his career.

Medals and Awards

Legion of Merit
Bronze Star Medal

Death and Burial

Lieutenant Colonel Edith Marie Wimberly Patient died on 18 May 1964. She is buried at Forest Park East Cemetery in Shreveport, LA, next to her husband, Colonel William F. Patient, who died on 15 May 1970.

Honoree ID: 2943   Created by: MHOH




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