Onslow County


Learn more about the history of nursing in Onslow County.


      Article about Fannie Coleman, RN and City Council woman recieves the Order of the Long Leaf Pine.

  • Photograph, oral history and information about Virginia Reavis, World War II nurse found at the UNC- Greensboro Library.
  • Virginia Russell Reavis, of Onslow County, was a nurse in the Army Air Force from 1942 to 1945. In 1943 she became an air evacuation nurse and flew with wounded American soldiers and German prisoners of war back to the United States from England. One of the most unfortunate things that happened during her flying days was when her plane crashed during takeoff. The plane, hauling gasoline for General George Patton’s troops, crashed because of ice on its wings. As the plane skidded down the runway, it hit other planes lined up in a row, causing them all to catch on fire. Reavis scrambled off the plane as quickly as possible and gave first aid to the crew chief, who was badly injured and later died.
  • Helena Eider, RN was a public health nurse and WWII veteran who served in the Pacific during WWII.