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"There was one man, a soldier, sitting up on the hill there, with a machine gun. And that was it. That was all the protection that we had." (Audio Interview, 4:15)

   Bernadette L. Reider
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War: Korean War, 1950-1953; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Nurse Corps
Service Location: Korea; also: Vietnam; also: United States; Hawaii; Germany
Rank: Colonel
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A nurse in training with two brothers already in uniform, Bernadette Reider answered the call to serve in the waning days of World War II. She made a career out of the Army, retiring in 1973 with 28 years of active duty behind her. She helped to set up the first U.S. Army hospital in Korea in the early days of the war, when the North Korean Army made huge advances and was threatening the city of Pusan.

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Arriving in Korea to set up the first hospital there; a welcoming party of one; took over an old school that was infested with fleas; working in the emergency room; train trip to pick up patients from the field; fleeing the advancing North Korean Army. (03:39) Heavy fighting around Pusan; suffering from flea bites at the converted school; fear of being overrun by the enemy; fondly recalling her comrades; regretting that she didn't keep a diary of her time there. (01:32) 

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