Women Veterans Historical Project

UNC Greensboro

The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project (WVHP), established at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) in 1998, documents the contributions of women in the military and related service organizations since World War I. The WVHP includes a wide range of source material including photographs, letters, diaries, scrapbooks, oral histories, military patches and insignia, uniforms, and posters, as well as published works.

Select collections containing oral histories of veteran nurses:

  • Clara Adams-Ender Oral History Interview, 2005 - Clara Leach Adams-Ender (b. 1939) of Willow Springs, North Carolina, served as an officer in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from 1961 to 1993, rising to the rank of brigadier general in 1987. She was chief of the Army Nurse Corps from 1987 to 1991, and retired in 1993 as the commanding general of Fort Belvoir, Virginia.
  • Pauline Rogstad Allison Oral History Interview, 2006 - Primarily documents Pauline Rogstad Allison’s service with the Navy Nurse Corps during World War II, particularly her two years on a hospital ship in China; and her life after the war.
  • Marguerite Clodfelter Oral History Interview - Marguerite V. Clodfelter primarily discusses her early life in Canada and upstate New York; her experiences and training in the Cadet Nurse Corps from 1944 to 1946; and her personal life and nursing career following World War II. She nursed at Watts Hospital in Durham and in Whiteville, North Carolina.
  • Lillie Henson Oral History Interview - Interview documents Lillie M. Henson's career as a nurse; including her service in the Army Nurse Corps from 1942 to 1945 and her nursing education after World War II.
  • Mattie Donnell Hicks Oral History Interview - Documents Mattie Donnell Hicks's nurse education and training; service in the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) from 1945 to 1966; and post-war life in Greensboro, North Carolina.
  • Katie King Oral History Interview - Primarily documents Katie Sawyer King’s her service in the Cadet Nurse Corps during World War II and her ministry in the AME Zion Church in the 1980s and 90s.
  • Lunary Love Oral History Interview - Lunary Love of Surry County, North Carolina, a career nurse, served in that capacity with the Women in the Air Force from 1952 to 1955.
  • Daphine Doster Mastrioanni Oral History Interview, 1999 - A World War II nurse from Monroe, North Carolina who later taught nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
  • Doris Melvin Oral History Interview - Doris Onita Melvin (1918-?) of Sampson County, North Carolina, was a career nurse, serving in the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) from 1953 to 1975.
  • Amy Modigh Oral History Interview - Amie Modigh (1933-2017), of Chapel Hill, North Carolina, served as a nurse in the United States Army Reserve 1965 to 1995. She served as commander of Walter Reed Army Medical Center during Operation Desert Storm, and later retired as a colonel.
  • Cathy Sykes Oral History Interview - Cathy Illman Sykes (b. 1957) of Greensboro, North Carolina, served in the United States Air Force Nurse Corps from 1983 to 2003.
  • Sandra Venegoni Oral History Interview - Colonel Sandra L. Venegoni (b. 1940) served in the Army Nurse Corps from 1972-1995. She taught nursing at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the 1970s.
  • Wanda Wills Oral History Interview - Wanda Wills (b. 1918) of Sparta, North Carolina, was a nurse in the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) from 1940 to 1946 and 1948 to 1964. This collection has not yet been digitized.