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Kathleen Lynch Simpson Collection

Identifier: WV0533

Content Description

May 2012 oral history transcript; Army Nurse Corps Desert Battle Dress Uniform ("Chocolate Chip") uniform (shirt, trousers,boonie hat), circa early 1990s.


  • circa 1990, 2012

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Kathleen Lynch Simpson (b. 1954) served in the United States Army Nurse Corps from 1976 until 2005. Kathleen Lynch Simpson (b.1954) was born at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, but spent the majority of her adolescence in Washington, North Carolina.

After graduating from Washington High School in 1971, Simpson was accepted at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she received a scholarship to study nursing. She then worked at Beaufort County Hospital before deciding to join the United States Army Nurse Corps in 1976.

Simpson attended basic training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and was then sent to the orthopedics and neurosurgery ward at Walter Reed Army Medical Center for her first assignment. After three months, she was selected to work on the VIP floor of Walter Reed, where she was tasked with caring for such notable people as General of the Army Omar Bradley and Mamie Eisenhower [wife of United States President Dwight D. Eisenhower].

In 1979, Simpson met and married her husband while at Fort Polk, Louisiana. From 1980 until 1983, she was stationed in Frankfurt, Germany, working in the neonatal intensive care unit and the orthopedics unit, before returning to the United States to work as the head nurse of the emergency room at Fort Stewart, Georgia. Simpson attended graduate school in Columbia, South Carolina from 1986 until 1988, and was then sent to Fort Jackson, South Carolina until 1990. Her next duty station was Fort Campbell, Kentucky, where she was in charge of the clinics and emergency room, but when Iraq invaded Kuwait in August of 1990, Simpson's unit was deployed to King Khalid Military City in Saudi Arabia.

After her deployment, Simpson returned to Fort Campbell where she worked until 1995. Simpson spent 1995 until 1997 at Fort Riley, Kansas, before being transferred back to Fort Jackson, South Carolina, to be the Chief Nurse of their hospital. In 2000, she went to work at the Pentagon, where she was in charge of women's health issues for the Office of the Surgeon General of the Army, and was then assigned to Walter Reed from 2003 until 2005. Simpson retired from the United States Army Nurse Corps in 2005.


0.21 Linear Feet (1 Folder, Textiles)

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2023 April
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