Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Persian Gulf War, 1991; Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Branch of Service: Army Nurse Corps
  • Unit of Service: 44th Medical Battalion
  • Location of Service: Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Madigan Army Medical Center and Fort Lewis, Washington; Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Colorado
  • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel

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“I never stood as tall as the day I put on one of the uniforms of my country.” (Video interview, 5:57)

Like many young nurses in the late 1960s, Lieutenant Colonel Janis Nark was wowed by military recruiters’ promises of the travel opportunities (and the eligible bachelors) involved in military nursing. Enlisting in the Army Nurse Corps and serving in Cam Ranh Bay, she says, “death was never far away.” Returning home after her tour, she worked hard to put the memories of Vietnam behind her. Being called up to serve in the Persian Gulf War brought back feelings of the hopelessness of war and forced her to grapple with post-traumatic stress disorder; she recovered through visits to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial in Washington, DC, as well as speaking publicly about her experiences.

About this Item

Title

  • Janis Alyce Nark Collection

Names

  • Nark, Janis Alyce
  • Merritt, Richard
  • Roaring Fork Veterans History Project, Aspen Historical Society
  • Anderson, Corby

State of Birth

  • MI

Home State

  • CO

Headings

  • -  Nark, Janis Alyce
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army Nurse Corps.
  • -  Persian Gulf War, 1991 -- 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
    • Unit of Service: 44th Medical Battalion
    • Location of Service: Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Madigan Army Medical Center and Fort Lewis, Washington; Fitzsimons Army Medical Center, Colorado
    • Highest Rank: Lieutenant Colonel
    • Dates of Service: 1969-1995
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: Veteran
  • Persian Gulf War, 1991

    • Branch of Service: Army Nurse Corps
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Photograph: Photocopy of photographic print [1 item] -- Photograph (collected 01/1970)
  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 10/22/2009)
  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 10/22/2009)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/70597

Cite as

  • Janis Alyce Nark Collection (AFC/2001/001/70597), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

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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Please contact VHP for assistance if you need to contact a veteran for permission to use their materials in exhibition or publication, or if you have received permission from the veteran and need access to high-resolution copies of VHP collection materials.

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:

Nark, Janis Alyce, Richard Merritt, Aspen Historical Society Roaring Fork Veterans History Project, and Corby Anderson. Janis Alyce Nark Collection. 1969. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.70597/.

APA citation style:

Nark, J. A., Merritt, R., Roaring Fork Veterans History Project, A. H. S. & Anderson, C. (1969) Janis Alyce Nark Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.70597/.

MLA citation style:

Nark, Janis Alyce, et al. Janis Alyce Nark Collection. 1969. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.70597/>.