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Danner Dorothy Still

Dorothy Still Danner
Serial Number:
United States Navy
Date of Death:
Arlington National Cemetery, Virginia
Section 54
Gold Star Medal, Bronze Star Medal

Dorothy Still Danner, also known as Dorothy Still Terrill, was born in Saginaw, Michigan, on November 29, 1914, the daughter of William H. Still and Arrissa Still. She was raised in Long Beach, California. She trained as a nurse at the Los Angeles County General Hospital in 1932.

Dorothy Still worked at two hospitals before she joined the Navy in 1937. She was first assigned to Balboa Hospital in San Diego; in 1939, she was sent to Cañacao Naval Hospital in the Philippines. She served as an Ensign during World War II. She 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.

Soon after her return to the United States, Still promoted war bonds for the U. S. Treasury Department. She was transferred to Panama late in 1945. She retired from the Navy when she married in 1947. She experienced ongoing health issues for years after her imprisonment, but found little support; a Navy psychiatrist told her that nurses could not experience posttraumatic stress disorder like soldiers did. She worked as a nurse and a hospital supervisor in her civilian life. In retirement, she wrote a memoir of her wartime experiences, What a Way to Spend a War: Navy Nurse POWs in the Philippines (1995). In 2019, she was the subject of the book, This is Really War: The Incredible True Story of a Navy Nurse POW in the Occupied Philippines.

Dorothy Still married Goldburn Robert Danner in 1947. They had three children. She was known as Dorothy Still Terrill in the 1980s, after a second marriage. Still died on June 16, 2001, aged 86 years, at a veteran's home in Boise, Idaho. Her remains were buried, with full military honors, in Arlington National Cemetery with the rank of Lieutenant Commander on her headstone.

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