Lola H. Ryan Collection
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
- Ryan, Lola H. (Person)
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Collection is open for research.
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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)
Language of Materials
Lola H. Ryan of McGraw, New York, worked as an operating room nurse in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II.\n 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.
The letters are arranged chronologically.
Method of Acquisition
Purchased from Ebay in July, 2006.
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Processed by Jennifer Motszko, August 2009.
- France -- Description and travel
- Military nursing -- United States
- Ryan, Lola H.
- United States. Army Nurse Corps
- United States. Army Nurse Corps -- Military life
- United States. Army--Women
- Women and the military
- Women in war
- Women veterans -- United States
- World War, 1939-1945
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Female
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Women -- United States
- Lola H. Ryan Collection
- Finding Aid Authors: Jennifer Motszko.
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