AASU Nursing Students Honor Marine Corps Pioneer, AASU Benefactor

Winifred Case Karnosky
Winifred Case Karnosky

Graduating students in the nursing program at Armstrong Atlantic State University will honor Winifred Case Karnosky, a university benefactor and one of the first women to enlist in the Marine Corps Women’s Reserve after the U.S. Congress approved its formation in 1943. The graduating nursing class, including three students who received support from an endowed scholarship established by Karnosky in 2007, will honor Karnosky by including her in a traditional pinning ceremony for graduating students entering the nursing profession.

The event will be held at 6 p.m., Friday, December 12 in the Alumni Arena on the AASU campus, 11935 Abercorn Street.

After graduating from high school, Karnosky took a bookkeeping job, although she really wished to enter nursing. However, her life soon changed dramatically. During her time in the Marine Corps she was introduced to Corporal Benedict (Ben) Karnosky who became her husband. In the early 1950s, Karnosky accompanied then Major Karnosky, now deceased, on a posting to Italy, where she witnessed demonstrations by the reemerging Community Party in Italy. She was in Austria in 1955 to watch the lowering of the Soviet flag and the return of independence to the Austrian people. In the late 1960s, when her husband, then Colonel Karnosky, was assigned as commander of Hunter Army Airfield, Karnosky settled in Savannah, serving on the board of the USO and volunteering with the American Cancer Society, the Red Cross, and the Pink Ladies at Memorial Health.

Nursing student Taise Staton, a recipient of the Karnosky scholarship, will join her classmates in honoring her benefactor.

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