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Carolyn Hisako Tanaka

Carolyn Hisako Tanaka, American nursing administrator. Recipient Bronze Star medal for meritorious achievement, 1968, Hero For Today award Reader's Digest, 1994; named Grand Marshall, Keynote Speaker, Fresno Veterans Day Parade, 1988, Fresno/Madera Registered Nurse of Year, 1989; nominated for California In Search of Excellence award, 1990; inducted into Legion of Valor Museum, 1994.


  • Tanaka, Carolyn Hisako was born on December 15, 1935 in Santa Maria, California, United States. Daughter of George Minoru and Helen Umeno (Iwata) Tanaka.

  • Education

    • Diploma, Fresno General Hospital, 1958. Bachelor of science in nursing, Fresno State College, 1965.


    • Head nurse 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, Vietnam, 1967-1968. Associate director outpatient services Valley Medical Center Fresno, California, 1973-1980, associate director inpatient services, 1980-1985, nursing coordinator, 1986-1991.


    Republican to Price of Death program Valley Medical Center, 1973-1980. Local volunteer Vietnam Women's Memorial Project, since 1986.
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