Harriet W. (Nelson) Swanson

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  • Captain
  • Served: April 14, 1943 – June 1946
  • World War II – Army Nurse Corps – with 217th General Hospital in England & France,  & 279th Station Hospital in Berlin, Germany
  • Operating Room Nurse
  • Awarded: Bronze Service Star for participating in Northern France Campaign, Certificate of Commendation

When Harriet finished her nurses training on the Wisconsin/Minnesota border she wanted to do something for her country.  She joined the Army Nurse Corps in 1943 serving in England and France. She had memorable experiences as an operating nurse in those campaigns.  In order to acquire the needed points to return to the United States, she then went to the 279th Hospital in Berlin.

She did not meet her husband, Ralph, until after the war.  They were married in Ashland, Wisconsin in 1946.