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Lola H. Ryan Letters

Identifier: WV 0362

Scope and Contents

The collection contains approximately 120 letters and v-mail written by Lola Ryan to her parents and brother. Ryan discusses her experiences of being a nurse in basic training, the conditions in wartime France, German prisoners of war, her experiences as a wartime nurse, and her longing to return home and be discharged from the army.


  • 1943-1945


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Collection is open for research.

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Copyright is retained by the creators of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

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Biographical Note

Lola H. Ryan of McGraw, New York, graduated from the Charles S. Wilson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing in Johnson City, New York, in June 1943. She joined the Army Nurse Corps in July 1944 and was sent to Thomas M. England General Hospital in Atlantic City, New Jersey, for basic training. In August 1944, Ryan was stationed at Tilton General Hospital at Fort Dix, New Jersey. She was assigned to the 235th General Hospital in Marseilles, France, in December 1944, where she worked as an operating room nurse. In August 1945, Ryan was reassigned to a hospital in Aix, France, and became the operating room supervisor. She was discharged in 1945 with the rank of first lieutenant.


0.40 Linear Feet (1 half-manuscript box)

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Method of Acquisition

Purchased from Ebay in July, 2006.

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Processed by Jennifer Motszko, August 2009.

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