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Rhonda Cornum, 2003

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Persian Gulf War, 1991
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Service Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment
  • Location of Service: Kuwait
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/19247

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"I would have been afraid, except that I was so grateful to be alive." (Video Interview, Part I, 54:44)

In a conflict as brief and lopsided as the Persian Gulf War, it may be surprising that there were actually American prisoners of war. Rhonda Cornum was one; she served with an Attack Helicopter Battalion as a medical officer, went down in a helicopter crash and for seven days was held by the Iraqis. She drew on her training as both a soldier and doctor to survive her brief but painful ordeal.

Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Rhonda Cornum Collection

Names

  • McDowell, Ivonne C.
  • Winchester, Brad
  • Department of Veterans Affairs, Public & Intergovernmental Affairs
  • Cornum, Rhonda

Home State

  • Kentucky

Headings

  • -  Cornum, Rhonda
  • -  Persian Gulf War, 1991 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.
  • -  Prisoner of War -- United States

Repository

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

Gender

  • Female

Race

  • White

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • Persian Gulf War, 1991

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Service Unit/Ship: 2nd Battalion, 229th Aviation Regiment
    • Location of Service: Kuwait
    • Highest Rank: Colonel
    • Dates of Service: 1978
    • Prisoner of War: Yes
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran was captured when her helicopter was shot down on a search and rescue mission during the Persian Gulf War. Veteran is as of 6/4/2003 still serving in the Army.

Materials

  • Video: Digital Betacam [1 item] -- Digitized Copy (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [3 items] -- Typewritten document (collected unknown)
  • Video: DVCAM [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2003-06-04)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/19247

Cite as

  • Rhonda Cornum Collection (AFC/2001/001/19247), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

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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:

Mcdowell, Ivonne C, Brad Winchester, Public & Intergovernmental Affairs Department Of Veterans Affairs, and Rhonda Cornum. Rhonda Cornum Collection. 1978. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.19247/.

APA citation style:

McDowell, I. C., Winchester, B., Department Of Veterans Affairs, P. &. I. A. & Cornum, R. (1978) Rhonda Cornum Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.19247/.

MLA citation style:

Mcdowell, Ivonne C, et al. Rhonda Cornum Collection. 1978. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.19247/>.