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Geraldine Smith Richardson Collection

Identifier: WV 0373

Scope and Contents

This collection includes a Major Geraldine Smith Richardson's journal spanning from 1942-1946, two military identification cards, an Ancient Order of the Deep membership card, three military medals, and an assortment of military insignia.


  • 1942 - 2000
  • Other: Majority of material found within 1942 - 1946
  • Other: Date acquired: 09/17/2006


Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the recreators of the items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law. Manuscript collections and archival records may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information. Please see our Sensitive Materials Statement.

Biographical or Historical Information

Geraldine Smith Richardson was born in 1915. She was commissioned as an army nurse in 1942 and sailed aboard the SS Brazil with the 159th Station Hospital which was assigned to the Malir Desert near Karachi, India (modern Pakistan). During World War II, she served in South Africa at Capetown and also throughout the China Burma India Theater. She served temporary duty with the 97th Station Hospital at Agra, India and with the 178th Station Hospital in Ramgarh, India. Later she served in Germany, Japan and the United States. Her last assignment before she retired in 1961 was at the 11th Field Hospital in Augsburg, Germany.

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0.35 Linear Feet (2 boxes)

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Major Geraldine Smith Richardson (1915-2002) served as an Army Nurse during World War II from 1942-1946. She later served temporary duty in India followed by two tours in Germany and one in Japan. During her service, she was also stationed in seven different states before returning to Europe. Richardson retired in 1961 at the 11th Field Hospital in Ausburg, Germany. Included in her collection are a journal, identification cards, medals, and various military regalia. Her journal covers her travels and adventures in the military from January 1942-January 1946.

Arrangement Note

1 General Artifact Box, 1 Journal Box

Method of Acquisition

Purchased 2008.

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Repository Details

Part of the Martha Blakeney Hodges Special Collections and University Archives Repository

P.O. Box 26170
320 College Ave.
Greensboro NC 27402-6170 US