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Dorothy Walters Cutts in nurse's uniform [ca. 1944]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Korean War, 1950-1953; World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: WAAC (Women's Army Auxiliary Corps); Army Nurse Corps
  • Service Unit/Ship: 74th Hospital
  • Location of Service: Tripler Hospital, Hawaii
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/447

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"I was sorry at one time that I wasn't a man when World War II came out." (Video Interview, 35:57)

World War II was both a frustrating and fulfilling experience for Dorothy Walters. She wanted to make a significant contribution to the war effort, so she went to work in a defense plant. But that wasn't enough, and she joined the new Women's Auxiliary Army Corps, first as a clerk, then as part of the Medical Corps, practicing giving injections on oranges. She then decided she wanted to be a nurse and entered the Cadet Nurse Corps of the Public Health Service, but the war ended before she graduated. After working at a children's hospital with victims of polio, Walters finally got a chance to serve as a full-fledged military nurse during the Korean War, stationed in Washington, D.C. and Honolulu.

Interview / Recording

More Resources

[ Honorable Discharge Certificate [September 29, 1955] ]
[ Certificate of service [August 2, 1943] ]
[ Memoir, "Days of War" by Dottie Cutts ]
[ Honoring Dorothy Walters Cutts ]

About this Item

Title

  • Dorothy Cutts Collection

Names

  • Cutts, Dorothy
  • Veterans Memorial Museum
  • Adams, Rebekah
  • Poniatowski, Stephen

Home State

  • Alabama

Headings

  • -  Cutts, Dorothy
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. WAAC (Women's Army Auxiliary Corps).
  • -  Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Nurse Corps.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Female

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: WAAC (Women's Army Auxiliary Corps)
    • Service Unit/Ship: 74th Hospital
    • Location of Service: Tripler Hospital, Hawaii
    • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1955
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran
  • Korean War, 1950-1953

    • Branch of Service: Army Nurse Corps
    • Service Unit/Ship: 74th Hospital
    • Location of Service: Tripler Hospital, Hawaii
    • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
    • Dates of Service: 1951-1955
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Video: Digital Betacam [1 item] -- Digitized Copy (collected 2002-02-09)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 2002-05-31)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [3 items] -- (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Memoir [1 item] -- (collected unknown)
  • Photograph: Mixed (Multiple types of photographs) [11 items] -- (collected unknown)
  • Video: MiniDV [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2002-02-09)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/447

Cite as

  • Dorothy Cutts Collection (AFC/2001/001/447), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

IIIF Presentation Manifest

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Cutts, Dorothy, Veterans Memorial Museum, Rebekah Adams, and Stephen Poniatowski. Dorothy Cutts Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00447/.

APA citation style:

Cutts, D., Veterans Memorial Museum, Adams, R. & Poniatowski, S. (1942) Dorothy Cutts Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00447/.

MLA citation style:

Cutts, Dorothy, et al. Dorothy Cutts Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.00447/>.