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"There was something that stirred up the adrenalin, I think, that really kept you going. You were needed there." (Transcript of 1986 interview, pages 26-27)

   Regina H. Schiffman
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Regina Schiffman, while serving with the 8063 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), Korea [9/1951]
War: Korean War, 1950-1953; Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army Nurse Corps; Army Nurse Corps
Unit: Brooke Army Medical Center; Letterman General Hospital; Valley Forge General Hospital; 8063 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH); Walter Reed Medical Center
Service Location: Fort Sam Houston, Texas; San Francisco, California; Pennsylvania; Korea; Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland; Washington, DC; Landstuhl, Germany; Frankfurt, Germany; Japan; Fort Benning, Georgia
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
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After three years of neurosurgical nurse work at a New York hospital, 24-year-old Regina Schiffman decided to make a career in the U.S. Army. A year after she enlisted, the U.S. was at war in Korea, and in the summer of 1951 she found herself working in the operating room of a MASH unit. Conditions were primitive in both the O.R. (litters were balanced on saw horses, a pot-bellied stove was the sole source of heat in the frigid winter) and in her tent (she bathed most of the time out of her helmet). But Schiffman drew strength from the selflessness of her mission and the camaraderie of her fellow nurses and the physicians.

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Her year of service in Korea: primitive working and conditions; appreciating the simplest pleasures in life; the camaraderie a big plus. (04:14) Long duty hours; recreation: walking in the hills, a trip to Seoul, the unit's crude club tent. (01:16) Not being notified immediately of her father's death while she was overseas; feelings about leaving Korea; deciding to stay in the Army. (01:31)
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Letter from Department of the Army to LTC Regina Schiffman 3/10/87 Letter from Department of the Army to LTC Regina Schiffman 3/30/87 

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