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"I'd do it all over again in a minute, but it was because I was a nurse to start with and ... I enjoyed being a nurse." (Audio interview, Tape 2, 6:40)

   Catherine E. Neville
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Catherine Neville in uniform [ca. 1944]
War: World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953; Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army Nurse Corps
Service Location: England; Chicago, Illinois; Fort Devens, Camp Edwards and Waltham, Massachusetts; San Francisco, California; Osaka and Tokyo, Japan; Fort Lee, Virginia; San Antonio, Texas; Germany; Fort Jay, New York; Seoul, Korea; European Theater
Rank: Major
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An Army nurse in two wars, Catherine Neville saw the effects of combat on more than one generation of soldiers and sailors. She was stationed in England during the Normandy Invasion and its aftermath, and she treated frostbitten and wounded Korean War soldiers in San Francisco, Osaka, and Tokyo hospitals. Her care extended beyond medicine, to what she saw as the neglect of Korean and Vietnam veterans.

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 Audio (Interview Excerpts) (9 items)
Joining the Red Cross and then the Army. (01:24) Receiving patients from the D-Day Invasion. (03:35) Buzz bomb and rocket attacks. (01:33)
Caring for Korean War patients in San Francisco. (02:44) Working in Japan after the Korean War. (03:02) Interaction with Korean citizens. (03:30)
Beginnings of U.S. involvement in Vietnam. (01:53) No parades for vets of Korea and Vietnam. (01:43) Reflections on her "good life." (01:02)

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