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Nan Borg in uniform [1990]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Branch of Service: Army Nurse Corps
  • Service Unit/Ship: 24th Evacuation Hospital; Brooke Army Medical Center; Walter Reed Army Medical Center; 121st Evacuation Hospital; Fitzsimons Army Medical Center; Madigan Army Medical Center
  • Location of Service: Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Korea; Fort Lewis, Washington; Vietnam; Washington, DC; Denver, Colorado
  • Highest Rank: Colonel
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/46805

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"That was the most important thing [to learn]: They weren't alone in feeling guilty about not saving everybody." (Audio Interview, 17:33)

Nan Borg was teaching nursing in Minot, North Dakota in 1961 when she decided to join the Army Reserves. A year later, she went on active duty and continued to serve until 1989. In 1964, she was assigned to an evacuation hospital in Korea, her introduction to intensive care, which became her specialty. She served in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971, where she counseled junior officers, teaching them to deal with issues of death and dying.

Nan Borg Collection
Interview / Recording

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About this Item

Title

  • Nan Borg Collection

Names

  • Hansford, Michele
  • Powers Museum
  • Pittman, Marti
  • Borg, Nan

Home State

  • Missouri

Headings

  • -  Borg, Nan
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Nurse Corps.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Female

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Army Nurse Corps
    • Service Unit/Ship: 24th Evacuation Hospital; Brooke Army Medical Center; Walter Reed Army Medical Center; 121st Evacuation Hospital; Fitzsimons Army Medical Center; Madigan Army Medical Center
    • Location of Service: Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Korea; Fort Lewis, Washington; Vietnam; Washington, DC; Denver, Colorado
    • Highest Rank: Colonel
    • Dates of Service: 1962-1989
    • Entrance into Service: Commissioned
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2006-09-14)
  • Manuscript: Clippings [2 items] -- Typewritten document (collected 1985-1989)
  • Manuscript: Military papers (orders, personnel/201 files, etc) [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1989)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Handwritten document (collected 2006-09-14)
  • Photograph: Digital print [1 item] -- Portrait (collected 1990)
  • Audio: CD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 2006-09-14; 2007-10-30)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/46805

Cite as

  • Nan Borg Collection (AFC/2001/001/46805), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • image

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/[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:

Hansford, Michele, Powers Museum, Marti Pittman, and Nan Borg. Nan Borg Collection. 1962. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.46805/.

APA citation style:

Hansford, M., Powers Museum, Pittman, M. & Borg, N. (1962) Nan Borg Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.46805/.

MLA citation style:

Hansford, Michele, et al. Nan Borg Collection. 1962. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.46805/>.