Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Cold War; World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Branch of Service: Army Nurse Corps
  • Unit of Service: Tripler Army Hospital; 8063rd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
  • Location of Service: Hawaii; England; France; Germany; Korea
  • Highest Rank: Major

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"I hadn't been there very long before the bombs descended."(Video interview, 16:33)

Enrolled in nursing school by her mother, who hoped that her daughter could achieve something beyond life on a small Maryland farm, Kathryn Doody arrived in Hawaii with limited real-world nursing experience. Treating patients at Tripler Army Hospital on December 7th, she was ushered into a new world of combat medicine; she witnessed her first major limb amputation that day. Following this baptism of fire, she began a long and distinguished career as an Army nurse, going on to serve in the European theater later in World War II and with a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH) unit during the Korean War.

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About this Item

Title

  • Kathryn Mary Doody Collection

Names

  • Doody, Kathryn Mary
  • WRCB-TV Channel 3
  • Bowen, Sarah
  • Donna M. Kanabay
  • National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
  • Willie, Michael

State of Birth

  • MD

Home State

  • TN

Headings

  • -  Doody, Kathryn Mary
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Nurse Corps.
  • -  Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  Cold War -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Nurse Corps.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Female

Race

  • White

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • World War, 1939-1945

    • Branch of Service: Army Nurse Corps
    • Unit of Service: Tripler Army Hospital
    • Location of Service: Hawaii; England; France; Germany
    • Highest Rank: Major
    • Dates of Service: 1940-1946
    • Military Status: Veteran
  • Korean War, 1950-1953

    • Unit of Service: 8063rd Mobile Army Surgical Hospital
    • Location of Service: Korea
    • Dates of Service: 1947-1955
    • Military Status: Veteran
  • Cold War

    • Branch of Service: Army Nurse Corps
    • Dates of Service: 1956-1966
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Video: Betacam SP [3 items] -- Oral history interview (collected 05/27/2004)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of video recording (collected 05/27/2004)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/23308

Cite as

  • Kathryn Mary Doody Collection (AFC/2001/001/23308), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • online text
  • video

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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

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

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:

Doody, Kathryn Mary, Wrcb-Tv Channel 3, Sarah Bowen, Donna M. Kanabay, National Court Reporters Association, and Michael Willie. Kathryn Mary Doody Collection. 1940. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.23308/.

APA citation style:

Doody, K. M., Wrcb-Tv Channel 3, Bowen, S., Donna M. Kanabay, National Court Reporters Association & Willie, M. (1940) Kathryn Mary Doody Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.23308/.

MLA citation style:

Doody, Kathryn Mary, et al. Kathryn Mary Doody Collection. 1940. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.23308/>.