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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Persian Gulf War, 1991
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: 15th Evacuation Hospital
  • Location of Service: Fort Dix, New Jersey; San Antonio, Texas; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Saudi Arabia
  • Highest Rank: Corporal

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"That was the first night that my own mortality really hit me. That was the last and only night I cried." (Audio Interview, 37:07)

In 1989, Wendy Wamsley was a troubled 17-year-old high school student with bad grades and an attitude to match. When her policeman father informed her she was joining the Army—or she was moving out of the house—she agreed to enlist. What she couldn't have anticipated was a tour of duty as a medic during the Persian Gulf War, an experience which definitely provided her with an attitude adjustment.

Wendy Marie Taines Collection
Interview / Recording

Transcript: XML

About this Item

Title

  • Wendy Marie Taines Collection

Names

  • Taines, Wendy Marie Wamsley
  • VA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
  • Donahue, Mary Ann
  • National Court Reporters Association (NCRA)
  • Annamarie Jones

State of Birth

  • IN

Home State

  • AZ

Headings

  • -  Taines, Wendy Marie
  • -  Persian Gulf War, 1991 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

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
    • Unit of Service: 15th Evacuation Hospital
    • Location of Service: Fort Dix, New Jersey; San Antonio, Texas; Fort Polk, Louisiana; Saudi Arabia
    • Highest Rank: Corporal
    • Dates of Service: 1990-1991
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2005)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 10/31/2007)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of audio recording (collected 01/07/2008)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 01/07/2008)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/24791

Cite as

  • Wendy Marie Taines Collection (AFC/2001/001/24791), 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:

Taines, Wendy Marie Wamsley, Los Angeles Va Medical Center, Mary Ann Donahue, National Court Reporters Association, and Annamarie Jones. Wendy Marie Taines Collection. 1990. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.24791/.

APA citation style:

Taines, W. M. W., Va Medical Center, L. A., Donahue, M. A., National Court Reporters Association & Annamarie Jones. (1990) Wendy Marie Taines Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.24791/.

MLA citation style:

Taines, Wendy Marie Wamsley, et al. Wendy Marie Taines Collection. 1990. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.24791/>.