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Hazel

DOB: May 22, 2020
Breed: Labrador Retriever
Breeder: Ridgeview Labradors
Namesake: General Hazel Johnson-Brown
General Hazel Winifred Johnson-Brown was a nurse and educator who served in the US Army from 1955 to 1983. In 1979, she became the first black female general in the Army and the first black chief of the US Army Nurse Corps. Her military career began in 1955, 7 years after President Truman eliminated segregation in the military. Twenty-four years later, she made history when she was promoted to Brigadier General. An Army Nurse Corps Historian remembered that “Brigadier General Hazel Johnson-Brown was remarkable in the she commanded during a transitional period for the Army Nurse Corps and led with dignity and style; she was considered a great leader of the Corps and was well respected and loved.” She was also the Director of the Walter Reed Army Institute of Nursing. Hazel won numerous medals including the Distinguished Service Medal, Meritorious Service Medal, and Army Commendation Medal with Oak Cluster.
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