Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Vietnam War, 1961-1975; World War, 1939-1945; Korean War, 1950-1953
  • Branch of Service: Army Nurse Corps
  • Location of Service: United States; Hawaii; Germany; Korea; Vietnam
  • Highest Rank: Colonel

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"There was one man, a soldier, sitting up on the hill there, with a machine gun. And that was it. That was all the protection that we had." (Audio Interview, 4:15)

A nurse in training with two brothers already in uniform, Bernadette Reider answered the call to serve in the waning days of World War II. She made a career out of the Army, retiring in 1973 with 28 years of active duty behind her. She helped to set up the first U.S. Army hospital in Korea in the early days of the war, when the North Korean Army made huge advances and was threatening the city of Pusan.

Bernadette L. Reider Collection
Interview / Recording

About this Item

Title

  • Bernadette L. Reider Collection

Names

  • Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) of Marquette County
  • Reider, Bernadette L.
  • Oliver, Jacqueline
  • Herrala, Kathy

State of Birth

  • MI

Home State

  • MI

Headings

  • -  Reider, Bernadette L.
  • -  World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Nurse Corps.
  • -  Korean War, 1950-1953 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Nurse Corps.
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- 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
    • Location of Service: United States; Hawaii; Germany
    • Dates of Service: 1945-1973
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran
  • Korean War, 1950-1953

    • Branch of Service: Army Nurse Corps
    • Location of Service: Korea
    • Military Status: Veteran
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Army Nurse Corps
    • Location of Service: Vietnam
    • Highest Rank: Colonel
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 11/24/2004)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of audio recording (collected 12/2/2004)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [1 item] -- (collected 11/11/1997)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 12/2/2004)
  • Photograph: Original photographic print [1 item] -- Photograph (collected 7/1973)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 11/7/2007)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/32637

Cite as

  • Bernadette L. Reider Collection (AFC/2001/001/32637), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio

Additional Metadata Formats

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.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

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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:

Retired And Senior Volunteer Program Of Marquette County, Bernadette L Reider, Jacqueline Oliver, and Kathy Herrala. Bernadette L. Reider Collection. 1945. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.32637/.

APA citation style:

Retired And Senior Volunteer Program Of Marquette County, Reider, B. L., Oliver, J. & Herrala, K. (1945) Bernadette L. Reider Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.32637/.

MLA citation style:

Retired And Senior Volunteer Program Of Marquette County, et al. Bernadette L. Reider Collection. 1945. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.32637/>.