WW II CALHOUN NURSE MELBA ELLIOTT - Treated Causalities From Iwo Jima - Okinawa


Photo compliments of Eleanor Stump


A World War II nurse from Calhoun County who helped treat causalities from Iwo Jima and Okinawa has died.

Ninety-year-old Melba Elliott, formerly of Millstone, died November 15, 2003 in St. Joseph Hospital in Parkersburg.

Funeral services are scheduled for 2 p.m. Tuesday at Stump Funeral Home in Arnoldsburg with Evangelist Corley Miller officiating. Visitation is from noon Tuesday until time of the service. Burial will be in the Barr Cemetery at Millstone.

A graduate of Calhoun County High School, she attended nursing school at Camden-Clark in Parkersburg, and worked at the Gouvenor Hospital in New York.

She entered the U. S. Navy Nurse Corps from New York in 1942 and was first stationed at the Brooklyn Naval Hospital. Later she helped set up the U. S. Naval Hospital on Long Island, and then served at Mare Island, California and U. S. Naval Base #18 in Guam.

While at Guam she treated casualties from the Iwo Jima and Okinawa campaigns and survivors from the USS Indianapolis.

Returning the U.S. she served at the U. S. Naval Air Dispensary in Norfolk, and later at the Norfolk Naval Hospital. She was discharged in 1947.

She later worked as an office nurse for Dr. O. H. Brundage for 20 years.

She was a member of the Millstone Church of Christ, and attended the Rosemar Church of Christ.

Miss Elliott was the daughter of the late Alva and Clara Haught Elliott. Surviving, sister, Eula Elliott of Millstone; brothers, John W. Elliott and his wife Ella of Millstone and Hubert Elliott and his wife Helen of San Bernadine, California. Seven nieces and nephews, seven great nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by a sister, Avis Elliott.