Irene A. Gepfert Mertz Collection
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- 1943 - 1946
- Other: Date acquired: 05/15/2012
- Mertz, Irene A. Gepfert (Person)
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Mertz was commissioned into the Navy Nurse Corps on 10 May 1943 and was assigned to San Diego United States Naval Hospital in California. In early 1944, she was transferred to Aiea Heights United States Naval Hospital in Hawaii where she worked as a ward nurse. During this time, she appeared on the radio broadcast "Your Hoosier Marines" where she and one of her marine patients were interviewed about their backgrounds and their daily routines at Aiea Heights United States Naval Hospital. One of her notable patients was posthumous Navy Cross recepient Major Roger G.B. Broome, whose actions during the war warranted a visit from President Franklin D. Roosevelt to the hospital where Mertz was working. On 1 March 1945, she was promoted from ensign to lieutenant.
After the war, Irene married Richard Mertz, and they lived in North Carolina for many years. She passed away in December 2012.
.60 Linear Feet (1 manuscript box, 1 scrapbook box)
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- Irene A. Gepfert Mertz Collection
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