Memorial Day Program
May 31, 2004
2nd Lt. Margaret
Fe male Military
Death of World
2nd Lt. Margaret E. Ginnell was born in Elgin, Illinois on March 2, 1914. After graduating from Elgin High School in 1932, she completed her nurses training at Mercy Hospital in Chicago in 1935. In February of 1943 she enlisted in the Nurses' Corps. Her indoctrination for overseas duty was spent at Gulfport, Mississippi.
2nd Lt. Ginnell arrived overseas in November of 1943. She was on active duty with the Loyola University 108th Hospital Unit in England. She became very ill, a few weeks after her arrival, while on duty at an Army hospital - being diagnosed with a brain tumor. She was transferred back to the United States, undergoing three surgeries in an effort by Army medical doctors to save the life of the young officer. She passed away on April 28, 1944, with her family by her side, at Percy Jones Army Hospital in Battle Creek, Michigan.
2nd Lt. Margaret Ginnell is buried at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Elgin - Block 1, Section D, Lot 180. The former American Legion Auxiliary Post #1020 at 316 Douglas Avenue in Elgin was named in honor of 2nd Lt. Ginnell, and members of the Auxiliary planted a tree - which still stands today - in honor of Margaret in Wing Park.
Elgin Patriotic Memorial Association Officers President - Donald J. Sleeman Vice President - Kimberly S. Toth
Secretary/Treasurer - Tricia L. Dieringer