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Ruth King Garrett Collection

Identifier: WV 0392

Content Description

The collection includes an oral history transcript, 10 April 2007; various scans of photographs, along with a letter, 1945.


  • circa 1945, 2007

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Collection is open for research.

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Biographical / Historical

Ruth King Garrett (1923-2015) of Greensboro, North Carolina, served in the Army Nurse Corps from 1945 to 1946, followed by a long civilian career in nursing. Ruth King Garrett was born on 31 May, 1923, in Greensboro, North Carolina. After graduating from Rankin High School, she briefly attended the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Inspired by a health course at the university, she began nurses' training at Saint Leo's Hospital in the city and graduated from the program in 1944. She then worked at a polio hospital in Hickory, North Carolina. Garrett joined the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) on January 31, 1945 and was sent to Fort Rucker, Alabama, for basic training. She was then sent to Battey General Hospital in Rome, Georgia, where she stayed for five months.

In summer of 1945 she was assigned to overseas duty and traveled to California to meet the United StatesS Comfort, which arrived in Manila, Philippines in August 1945. While in Manila, Garrett treated recently released United States prisoners of war and other wounded soldiers in temporary hospital units. She returned to the United States on February 1, 1946 and was discharged from the ANC on March 15, 1946.

Garrett returned to Greensboro and worked at LeBauers Healthcare for a few months before moving to Fayetteville, North Carolina, to work at the Veterans Affairs [VA] Medical Center. A year later she returned to Greensboro and married Clifford Garrett, an army veteran, on 27 July 1947. They had three children together, one of whom became a nurse. Garrett retired from nursing in the mid-1980s. Garrett died on 5 January, 2015.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 folder, scans of photographs )

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The condition is good.

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Ruth King Garrett Collection
Matthew McCarthy
2022 August
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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