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Collection Elizabeth O'Hara Baehr
WVM ID Number WVM Mss 94
Object Name Archive
Title Papers and photographs, 1943-1946.
Year Range from 1943
Year Range to 1946
Event World War II
Description Papers and photograph relating to the service of Elizabeth Baehr, nee. O'Hara, a Janesville, Wisconsin resident who served as a 1st lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. She was stationed with the 59th Surgical Field Hospital during the war, a unit that was attached to General George S. Patton's 3rd Army. The papers include her certificate of appointment into the Army Nurse Corps, her War Department identification card, a log of her movements during the war, her formal discharge papers, and a brief history of the 59th Field Hospital. There are also some unidentified papers that O'Hara presumably picked up during the war. Among these are a letter written in French, a letter written in German, and a transcription of the testimony of Franz Ziereis, who was commander in chief of Mauthausen-Gusen concentration camp near Linz, Austria. The photograph is of O'Hara and another nurse showering while wearing their helmets. The image was taken while they were on bivouac near Camp Carson, Utah, and was featured in an article in the newspaper "Rocky Mountain News," in 1944. A copy of the article is included in the collection with her papers. After the war, O'Hara returned to Janesville and practiced nursing.
Extent and Medium of Description Papers : 0.1 linear ft. (2 folders)
Photographs : (1 folder)
Biographical Record Baehr, Elizabeth K. O'Hara
Subjects Women veterans -- Wisconsin -- Janesville.
Women soldiers -- Wisconsin -- Janesville.
Souvenirs (Keepsakes) -- Germany.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Participation, Female.
World War, 1939-1945 -- Concentration camps -- Austria.
United States. Army Nurse Corps -- Officers.
United States. Army. Field Hospital, 59th.
Black-and-white photographs.