Annie Hatlie, who turned 25 in the summer of 1918, was one of countless women aiding the United States in World War I.
Born Annie Mickelson on July 24, 1893 to farmers who settled near Walcott, North Dakota, Hatlie began her training as a nurse in October 1913. Following nearly five years of education and hospital experience in Fargo, she enlisted as a Red Cross nurse before joining the Army Nurses Corps.
“We had about 15 Fargo nurses (at Camp Lewis, Tacoma, Washington) so I felt very much at home,” Hatlie wrote. “I was there two weeks when I was placed in charge of Ward 33 where we first had mumps, measles and flu.”
Hatlie and her fellow members of the Army Nurse Corps might not have known fighting would cease that November, with the war itself officially coming to a close in June 1919. The nurses probably could not have guessed that just over two years after Hatlie’s Aug. 6, 1918 enlistment, she and other American women would be able to vote.