Henrico’s first responders honor WWII Army nurse with funeral service


HENRICO, Va. (WWBT) – Henrico County first responders ensured a World War II Army nurse was given a burial with military honors after his family was unable to make it to the region.

Second Lieutenant Mary R. Pardue, of the US Army Nurse Corps, was officially laid to rest Friday in Sandston. She died on July 1, 2019, just 10 days after her 100th birthday.

Henrico police say Pardue was born in Wise County, became a registered nurse and joined the US Army Nurse Corps.

“Serving overseas during World War II, she was awarded the Bronze Star for her heroic actions in protecting patients under fire from hostile forces in northern Italy in late 1944,” said the police.

Since her family lives out of state, Henrico County first responders and others attended her service to ensure she had the funeral service the hero deserved.

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