Remembering the Navy’s First Female Doctor to Serve at Sea


Dr. Bernice Walters ’32 was the US Navy’s first female doctor to serve at sea when she was assigned to the USS Consolation in 1950. The Maritime Executive recently honored her decorated career as the ship’s only anesthesiologist and recipient of the Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal for her service, bravery and intelligence. Walters passed in 1975.