Maribeth Snyder Peters was born in 1947 in Troy, New York, where she was also raised. While in college, she signed up to enter the United States Army Nurse Corps upon graduating, and after completing her bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1969, she entered the service.
Peters went to Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio, Texas for basic training, and was then assigned to Fort Bragg, Fayetteville, North Carolina. She spent September of 1969 through January of 1970 at Fort Bragg, before getting orders to Vietnam. During that time, she also met and then married her husband.
In Vietnam, Peters was assigned to the 93rd Evacuation Hospital in Long Binh, and spent approximately fourteen months there. Upon returning to the United States, she was assigned to Fort Polk, and soon chose to have children and leave the service in 1971.