Doody, Kathryn Mary

Bronze Star Recipient Was Nurse At Pearl Harbor

Tuesday, October 5, 2010
Kathryn Doody
Kathryn Doody

Major Katherine Mary Doody, U.S. Army, Ret., 93, of Chattanooga, died on Sunday, October 3, 2010.

She had attended Trinity Presbyterian Church.

Katherine was raised on a rural Maryland farm, went to nursing school and landed a job at Walter Reed Army Hospital in Washington, D.C. She had hopes of joining the Army to see the world, but was one inch too short for Army standards, so she joined the Navy.

Soon after, the Army lowered their height standards, she transferred in and was assigned to Tripler Army Hospital in Hawaii in September 1941. She was among 82 nurses on the base when Pearl Harbor was attacked and as a nurse, she worked 24 straight hours.

By 1944, the Army assigned her to Germany where she earned a Bronze Star for valor. In late 1950, she went to the 8063 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital, the first MASH in Korea. Kathryn retired from the Army in July of 1966 after 28 years of service.

She was preceded in death by her parents, Daniel Jackson and Mary Kathryn Pussey Doody.

Survivors include two nephews, Joseph A. Myers, Jr. and his wife, Anne and Joe Buracker; great-nephews, Joseph A. Myers, III and David E. Myers; great-niece, Kathryn Werk; great-great-nieces and nephews, Alex Myers, Spencer Myers, Jillian Myers, Griffin Myers, Evan Myers, Megan Myers and Maxime Werk.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 9, at the East Chapel of Chattanooga Funeral Home with the Rev. Bill Mills of Trinity Presbyterian Church officiating.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. on Saturday at the funeral home.

Burial will be at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, at Chattanooga National Cemetery with full military honors.

Please share your thoughts and memories at www.ChattanoogaEastChapel.com.


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