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Albert Nelson, World War I soldier

Albert Nelson, World War I soldier
Creator: Nelson, Albert
Date: 1918-1919
Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. This file contains information on Albert Nelson, 353rd Infantry, Machine Gun Company, 89th Division.


Army nurses

Army nurses
Creator: Kansas State Nurses' Association
Date: 1961
This black and white photograph shows two United States Army nurses discussing the functions of a human heart.


A sketch of hospital life and work

A sketch of hospital life and work
Creator: Webb-Peck, Anna S.
Date: Between January 1, 1862 and June 30, 1897
This item, composed by Nurse Anna S. Webb-Peck, details her experiences as a nurse during the first year of the Civil War. One of the prominent people that she came into contact with during the period was Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke, who gained widespread fame for her work as a hospital administrator for the Union during the Civil War.


Colonel Verena Zeller

Colonel Verena Zeller
Date: 1940-1960
Three photographs of Verena Zeller, the first appointed Chief of the U.S. Air Force Nursing Corps. She was born in 1912 in Paxico, Wabaunsee County, Kansas. She received her nursing training at the St. Francis Hospital School of Nursing in Topeka and graduated in 1934. Previous to joining the Air Force, she had worked for six weeks with the Red Cross in the Dust Bowl area of western Kansas, Oklahoma, and the Texas panhandle and held a civilian position at Fort Riley, Kansas. She then continued to work at Fort Riley with the rank of 2nd Lieutenant in the Army. She received many promotions during World War II and afterward and traveled extensively around the world because of her duties. In the inter-war years of the late 1940s she served as a flight nurse, assisting wounded soldiers who had been evacuated back to the United States. She is one of only three women with the rank of colonel during the military action in Korea. In 1949, Zeller married Marco J. Pettoruto. Following his death in 1976, she moved to Topeka, and in 1990, she married Dr. G. Herbert Seburg. Verena Seburg died in December 2007.


Eula Gentzler papers

Eula Gentzler papers
Creator: Gentzler, Eula (Eula A.), 1910-1992
Date: 1942-1957 (bulk 1943-1945)
This collection consists of letters written by Eula Gentzler to her parents in Topeka, Kansas, and official military correspondence as a U.S. Army nurse. Miss Gentzler referred to hospital ship activities, places she visited, and family references. Occasionally Eula expressed her thoughts on the war. Eula A. Gentzler was born November 10, 1910, in Belleville, Kansas. Her father Ernest T. Gentzler was a fireman for the Union Pacific Railroad. The family moved to Topeka when Eula was, approximately, thirteen years old. She graduated from Topeka High School and, later, the Asbury Hospital School of Nursing in Salina, Kansas, in 1937. She enlisted in the U. S. Army Nurse Corps in October, 1942. She was discharged in Octorber, 1945, but was recalled during the Korean conflict serving from 1951 to 1957. Miss Gentzler was sent to Europe in the fall of 1943. She was assigned to duty on the hospital ships Shamrock and Arcadia, working in surgery as well as the wards. Both carried approximately 800 patients. The ships carried injured servicemen from North Africa and Europe to the U. S., requiring six weeks to make a trip across, pick up a load of patients, and return. When in the war zone, they would get patients during battles and would then work extended shifts. Miss Gentzler recalled that during the battle at Enzio, they started surgery at 1 p.m. and operated until 5 a.m. the next morning. On another occasion, they picked up a load of British sailors whose mine sweeper had been bombed and the hospital crew worked all night until they ran out of supplies. Eula Gentzler died on April 13, 1992.


French Yerri doll

French Yerri doll
Creator: Hansi
Date: 1918
A French Yerri doll purchased by a U.S. nurse during WWI. The doll is wearing a traditional Alsatian costume and a black fur hat. This Yerri doll was created in 1918 by French artist Hansi, to commemorate the recapture of Alsace at the end of WWI. The donor, Martha E. Keaton, purchased this particular doll while she was stationed in Langres, France as a nurse in 1918 during WWI. Keaton served at Base Hospital 53 in Langres until returning to Kansas in 1919.


Marcella Wenderott

Marcella Wenderott
Date: 1940-1945
Studio portrait of Major Marcella Wenderott in her Army Nurse Corps uniform. She was born April 13, 1915 in Alma, Kansas. She was appointed first lieutenant in the U. S. Army in 1943 and served overseas in Germany and Japan. She died on August 20, 2001.


Mary Starr video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Mary Starr video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Starr, Mary G.
Date: July 18, 2007
Mary Starr enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps in 1943 and served until 1946. She was with the 119th General Hospital, primarily in Branford, England. Her basic training was at Fort Devens, Massachusetts. She worked as a surgical nurse. She was born in Wallingford, Connecticut, on March 18, 1922. She met her future husband in England and she moved to his hometown of Hiawatha, Kansas, after they married. She was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Jul 18, 2007. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Medical Corps Detachment at  Fort Riley

Medical Corps Detachment at Fort Riley
Creator: American Photo Service
Date: May 1936
A panoramic photo of the personnel of the Medical Corps Detachment, Fort Riley, Kansas. The hospital building is in the background.


Mercy School of Nursing, Fort Scott, Kansas

Mercy School of Nursing, Fort Scott, Kansas
Creator: Kansas State Nurses' Association
Date: 1961
This black and white photograph shows from left to right: JoHelen Umphenour and Martha Ann Umphenour, student nurses from Mercy School of Nursing in Ft. Scott, Kansas, being sworn into the United States Army's nursing program by R.H. Meuleners.


St. Francis Hospital, student nurses, Wichita, Kansas

St. Francis Hospital, student nurses, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: Kansas State Nurses' Association
Date: December 1962
This black and white photograph shows student nurses being sworn into the United States Army's nursing program at St. Francis Hospital in Wichita, Kansas. The nurses have been identified from left to right as: Sharon L. Wiederstein, Carol Ann Slayer, Megan Virginia Flick, Susan Irene Van Middesworth, Sharon Kay Binkley, Frances Elizabeth Osterman, Jane Marlee Theakston, Sister Mary Bernadette, and Major Mary E. Mahar.


Station Hospital personnel at Fort Riley

Station Hospital personnel at Fort Riley
Date: April 1939
A panoramic photo of the Station Hospital personnel, Fort Riley, Kansas. Col. M. C. Stayer was the Commanding Officer and Maj. D. C. Snyder was the Detachment Commander.


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