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"At the time of her capture, she had spoken seven languages, and here she was, just worried about getting her food." (Spoken of a Hungarian political prisoner at Dachau) (Video Interview, 21:59)

   Vera Cecelia Gustafson Palmer
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Vera Gustafson, 1944.
War: World War, 1939-1945
Branch: Army Nurse Corps
Service Location: Fort Devens, Massachusetts; Casablanca, Morocco; Oran, Algeria; Naples, Monte Cassino, and Rome, Italy; Saint-Tropez, Baccharat, and Marseilles, France; Bavaria and Dachau, Germany
Rank: First Lieutenant
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From Morocco and Naples to the Battle of the Bulge and Dachau, Vera Gustafson accumulated a lifetime of memories in only three years of service during World War II. She used her leave time to squeeze in some of the sights in Europe and, more importantly, managed a semi-secret romance with a mess sergeant attached to her hospital, a man who later became her husband.

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