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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: World War, 1939-1945
  • Branch of Service: Army Nurse Corps
  • Unit of Service: 105th Station Hospital; 33rd Field Hospital
  • Location of Service: Nichols General Hospital, Louisville and Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Dix, New Jersey; Ferryville, North Africa; Rome, Anzio and Pisa, Italy
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant

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“One day we lost six of our thirty patients and I was pretty depressed, but our commanding officer said if we weren't here not a single one would live [crying] to get back to the evacuation hospital.” (Audio interview, Part 2, 9:23)

Ordered to the Anzio beachhead as a replacement—six nurses had been killed there—Elsie Perch wondered what on earth she had gotten herself into when she signed up for the Army Nurse Corps. However, she sustained her courage by thinking of the sacrifices of the men she treated. Although stationed at a hospital station removed from the front, Perch was far from safe. Once, the Germans deliberately shelled the hospital, killing five patients and wounding eighteen. When speaking of the dead and wounded, and of the bravery of the men she helped, Perch is often overcome by emotion, her private wounds still raw after 60 years.

Elsie F. Perch Collection
Interview / Recording

Transcript: XML

About this Item

Title

  • Elsie F. Perch Collection

Names

  • Veronica Vasquez
  • National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
  • University of Toledo
  • Fisher, Andrew
  • Perch, Elsie F. Getz

State of Birth

  • IN

Home State

  • OH

Headings

  • -  Perch, Elsie F.
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- 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: Army Nurse Corps
    • Unit of Service: 105th Station Hospital; 33rd Field Hospital
    • Location of Service: Nichols General Hospital, Louisville and Fort Knox, Kentucky; Fort Dix, New Jersey; Ferryville, North Africa; Rome, Anzio and Pisa, Italy
    • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
    • Dates of Service: 1942-1945
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Creative works [9 items] -- (collected 2000)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 11/14/2003)
  • Photograph: Copy photographic print [3 items] -- (collected unknown)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 3/22/2006)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 9/27/2006)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Multiple types of electronic files (collected 9/27/2006)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of audio recording (collected 9/27/2006)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/10180

Cite as

  • Elsie F. Perch Collection (AFC/2001/001/10180), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image
  • online text

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/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

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

Recording:

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

Photograph:

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

Computer file:

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

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), 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:

Veronica Vasquez, National Court Reporters Association, University Of Toledo, Andrew Fisher, and Elsie F. Getz Perch. Elsie F. Perch Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.10180/.

APA citation style:

Veronica Vasquez, National Court Reporters Association, University Of Toledo, Fisher, A. & Perch, E. F. G. (1942) Elsie F. Perch Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.10180/.

MLA citation style:

Veronica Vasquez, et al. Elsie F. Perch Collection. 1942. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.10180/>.