Two-piece Cadet Nurses Summer Service "Seersucker" Cotton Uniform, above photo.
The severe wartime shortage of nurses resulted in a uniformed Cadet Nurse Corps as part of the
Public Health Service under the Nurse Training Act of 1943.
Participants received scholarships and monthly payments to attend nursing schools by agreeing
to work in essential nurse positions after graduation for the duration of the war.
The entire program graduated 124,000 nurses, of which over 3,000 were Black and other
minorities who became valuable health professionals.
This two-piece Cadet Nurses Summer Service "Seersucker" Cotton Uniform, above left and right photo, was
owned by Bonnie Lee Starker during WWII.
Public Health Service (PHS)
Nurse Cadet
Summer Service Uniform "Seersucker"