Larkin, Catherine M.

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  • Catherine M. Larkin was the first Salem woman to lose her life in World War II. She was 29 years old and serving with the

Army Nurses' corp when she was killed in a plane crash on March 4th in India. She was a graduate of St. James' School, class of

1933. She went on to graduate from Salem Hospital Nursing School in 1938. She served more than a year in a hospital unit in Baton

Rouge, LA. In Oct. 1941 she joined the service as an army nurse. She held the rank of chief nurse.

  • Essex Aggie named a cottage in her honor, the Catherine M. Larkin Memorial Practice Cottage. She had attended the Essex County Homemaking

School of Hathorne before going to nursing school. The building will be used by the students of the Homemaking School for practical experience.

See Also

  • Vertical File in Salem Collection - Larkin, Catherine M.
  • Vertical File in Salem Collection - Veterans
  • "Lt. Catherine M. Larkin killed in plane crash; first Salem woman to lose life in war" Salem Evening News, Mar. 12, 1945, p. 1