Grave of World War I Navy veteran nurse located in York, Maine

via the Seacoastonline web site

Ivy Harriet Keen graveThe grave of World War I Navy nurse Ivy Harriett Keen was recently located and marked in York, Maine.A simple small flat stone marker that said “Daughter” in a family plot named “Keen” at the First Parish Cemetery was located Wednesday, Nov. 10, and marked for the first time for Veterans Day 2021.

The Old York Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution convened its meeting on Nov. 11 at 11 a.m. to both honor all veterans and discuss the research that led to the discovery through record searches and "Find a Grave" resources.

Ivy Harriet Keen, born in 1886, was educated in the York schools and then had nurse’s training at Portland Maine General Hospital’s School for Nursing. When the U.S. entered the Great War in 1917, Keen was part of the U.S. Naval Reserve Force Nurse Corps joining the war-time cause and deployed immediately to the U.S. Naval Hospital in Newport, Rhode Island.

Later, she remained in the Navy as a nurse and saw duty in Brooklyn, New York, and the U.S. Virgin Islands, retiring from the Navy in 1938.

“Her 20 years of service in the military as an ensign is impressive. She served her country well,” said Old York Chapter Regent Carla Rigby. “We now know that she was laid to rest in York and that is exciting. She came home and she is with her family, which includes her grandfather, Hamden Keen, who served in the Civil War and later was the Postmaster in York’s Brixham area.”

Pieces of the story came together when research was being done on her service and her date and place of death were not in military records. Driving to the cemetery to search for the location of her burial required the knowledge of Ken Schoff who knew were the Keen plot was located. The small flat stone was cleared of debris and then marked with a flag by Richard Zerbinopoulos while a member of the Old York Chapter of DAR recorded the event

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