Grandparents: Col. James W. and Nancy Boy Cureton.

Parents: William Clay and Mary Esther Killian Cureton.

Born: August 2, 1903.

Place of Birth: Rising Fawn, Georgia.

Education: Dade County public schools; high school at Hiwassee; pre-med, Lincoln Memorial University, B.S. degree; Emory University Medical School, class of 1931, June 1931 – Commissioned Lt. J.G. (MD) U.S. Navy, Internship – U.S. Naval Hospital; Chelses, Mass.


Residency: Pediatrics, Boston Floating Hospital; C.C.C. Camps, Maine and New Hampshire; Camp Surgeon U.S. Naval Hospital: Great Lakes, Ill., Asiatic Duty, 13th Destroyer Division; Out-Patient – U.S. Naval Hospital Canacao, Philippine Island; Chief of Dependents – U.S. Naval Hospital, Philadelphia; U,S.S. “Cimarron” Senior Medical officer, U.S.S. Omaha – Senior Medical Officer; Naval Supply Depot, Brooklyn; Naval Supply Depot, Honolulu; Industrial College of Armed Forces, Washington, D.C.; Commanding Officer – Oakland Supply Depot, California; Commanding Officer – Armed Forces Medical Procurement Agency, Brooklyn, N.Y.; Comptroller – Bureau of Medicine and Surgery, Washington, D.C.; Ex-Officer – U.S. Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, N.C.; Commanding Officer – U.S. Naval Hospital,Guam; Commanding Officer – U.S. Naval Hospital, Charleston, S.C.Retired: June 1961.(Used by permission HISTORY OF DADE COUNTY GEORGIA, Retired Senior Volunteer Program, 1981.)

  1. James W. Richardson

    I served as a corpsman aboard the USS Omaha (CL-4) during Dr. Cureton`s tour as senior medical officer (Dr. James P. Moran was the junior medical officer) while deployed in the South Atlantic. Dr. Cureton was a favorite among the enlisted men and officers. I assisted him in several operations on active duty personal…, performing in the role of operation room technician. I also was the clerical technician and during Christmas holiday leave in 1943, I believe, I was absent when the annual reports were supposed to be completed by me; however, when I returned to the ship I found that Dr. Cureton had prepared all the annual medical department reports, including the annual ship`s sanitary report. I was very thankful that he had done that task for me. I met him again when we were both stationed at Camp Lejeune, NC. I consider myself fortunate in having served under Dr. Cureton.

    James W. Richardson, CDR, MSC, USN(Ret)

  2. verenicehawkins

    After his retirement from the navy, Dr. Cureton was the doctor in charge of the Dade, Walker, Catoosa, and Chatooga Health Depts. He was well liked by all the employees. He started Mental Health care for our local people. It is now Lookout Mountain and has many employes

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