LCDR Bobbi Hovis N.C.F.N USN, Retired
Bobbie was commissioned in the Navy Nurse corps in 1947 after graduating from the Western Penna. Hospital School of Nursing, Pittsburgh PA in 1946 As a 23 year old Ensign stationed in Key West, Fl. She qualified for her pilot’s license and purchased a Piper j-3 aircraft, before she owned her first car.
In 1950 after completing Navy Flight Nurse School she flew the pacific on the Korean Airlift with the 1453 Medical Air Evacuation Squadron.
LCDR Hovis was the first Navy nurse to volunteer for Vet Nam duty from 1963 – 1964 at the Naval Station Hospital Saigon – the first full facility hospital in Viet Nam.
She joined the retired ranks in Annapolis MD in 1968.
Bobbi is the author of the highly regarded book, Station Hospital Saigon – A Navy nurse In Viet Nam 1963 – 1964.
The publishing of her memoirs she has made a significant addition to nursing military history and has enlarged the profession’s master narrative and as such, Station hospital Saigon is a welcomed addition to nursing’s literature and has an honored place in History of Nursing Archives in the Howard Gottlieb Archival research center at Boston University. So wrote Mary Ellen Dovna, R.N. Ed. D. In the Massachusetts Report A Nursing June 2006.
In October 2007, Bobbi appeared in the Naval Institute’s Americans Act War series, a collection of 90 –
second narratives by famous War veterans carried by PBS and You Tube.