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"We ran out of bandages one week and had to use the Stars & Stripes newspaper." (Audio interview, Tape 1, 18:18)

   Jeanne A. Urbin Markle
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2nd Lt. Jeanne (Urbin) Markle, shortly after her wedding. Springfield, Ohio. 1966. [detail]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army Nurse Corps
Unit: 93rd Evacuation Hospital; 24th Evacuation Hospital
Service Location: Fort Sam Houston, Texas; Fort Carson, Colorado; Vietnam
Rank: First Lieutenant
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Born, raised, and trained to be a nurse in Indiana, Jeanne Urbin joined the U.S. Army in 1965 as a way of seeing the world. A year later, she got her wish when she married an officer who was about to ship out to Vietnam. The Army needed nurses to go to Southeast Asia, Jeanne didn't want to be separated from her husband Brian, and she soon found herself caring for wounded and ill soldiers in conditions far more primitive than the sterile confines of a Midwestern hospital.

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 Audio (Interview Excerpts) (9 items)
Getting married; shipping out to Vietnam. (04:14) First impressions of Vietnam; conditions in her ward. (05:11) A letter of concern from her mother. (01:22)
A female voice on the phone. (03:09) Tending to dying and maimed soldiers. (02:19) Getting dysentery from mess hall workers. (03:32)
Dealing with "mama-sans." (02:27) Pregnant and coming home with wounded soldiers. (05:00) Self-censoring her letters home; dealing with the aftermath of war. (05:04)
  
 
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