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"If they’re going to die, let them see an American woman that smells good." (Video Interview, Part 2, 26:52)

   Frances M. Liberty
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Frances Liberty
War: World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953; Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army Nurse Corps; Army Nurse Corps; Army Nurse Corps
Service Location: Camp Patrick Henry, Virginia; Texas; New York; Fort Dix, New Jersey; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Africa; Italy; also: Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Denver, Colorado; Washington, DC; California; Hawaii; Fort Monmouth, New Jersey; Florida; Osaka, Japan; Korea; also: Fort Belvoir, Virginia; Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam
Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
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Frances Liberty’s saga in military nursing covers three declared wars as well as the Cold War--she cared for John Foster Dulles at Washington’s Water Reed Hospital. She saw a sea change in the Army; when she enlisted in 1943, she notes, “They weren’t really prepared to handle women.” She maintained a reputation as a self-described disciplinarian who was also a bit of a maverick. “Medical people aren’t good at saluting,” she admits, but her 28-year military career clearly attests to a fondness for serving her country.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (14 clips)
»Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3 
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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (14 items)
Enlisting, defying her father’s wishes. (02:00) Changing status of nurses; conscientious objectors as medics. (01:44) Anzio. (02:39)
Going to Korea with her father’s blessing. (00:37) Korea: hospital train; paperwork; stealing supplies from MASH units; taking over an abandoned train. (05:40) Working at Walter Reed with celebrity patients. (02:25)
Vietnam: disciplining a problem nurse; under attack at Cam Ranh Bay. (07:32) A practical joke involving snakes. (02:13) Difference in treatment for patients in WW II and Vietnam; a gift from a grateful patient.(Part 1) (05:51)
Difference in treatment for patients in WW II and Vietnam; a gift from a grateful patient. Part 2 (00:05) Escaping from a downed helicopter. (02:50) Running into her brother in Vietnam. (01:36)
A practical joke with a water fountain at Walter Reed. (02:29) Memorable burn patient. (02:14) 

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