Blanche Kimball was born in 1901. She served in the US Army as a Second Lieutenant during World War II. Blanche was one of the "Angels of Bataan and Corregidor” – the US Army and Navy Nurse Corps women who served in the Battle of the Philippines in 1941-42. When Bataan and Corregidor fell, 11 Navy nurses, 66 army nurses, and 1 nurse-anesthetist were captured and imprisoned in and around Manila. They continued to serve as nurses in various POW camps until they were finally liberated in February 1945. She died in 1978 and is now buried in the Topeka Cemetery, Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, USA with the rank of First Lieutenant on her headstone.