We Remember Bronze Star Recipients- Nurses Alexander and Orlowski

Eleanor Grace Alexander was a Captain in the army and an operating room nurse.

Sadly she died on November 30 1967 at age 27. She had been stationed at the 67th evacuation in Qui Nhon. She was sent from Qui Nhon to a hospital in Pleiku during the military acceleration. Traveling with her were three other nurses, Jerome E. Olmstead of Clintonville, WI, Kenneth R. Shoemaker, Jr. of Owensboro, KY, and Hedwig Diane Orlowski of Detroit, MI.
They were returning to Qui Nhon when the aircraft was detoured because of low clouds, rain and poor visibility. The plane crashed into a mountainside, killing all 26 aboard.
Capt. Alexander along with 1st LT Army Nurse Hedwig Orlowski, age 23, received the bronze star for their bravery. Capt. Alexander and 1st LT Orlowski are two of eight females to make the supreme sacrifice during the Vietnam War.

Capt. Alexander

Capt. Alexander

1st LT Orlowski

1st LT Orlowski

The photos and text are courtesy the Vietnam War Memorial Fund and The Detroit Free Press