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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

DORIS WOFFORD ARMENAKI PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Doris Wofford Armenaki (1923-2013) of Cornelia, Georgia, served in the Cadet Nurse Corps and the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. A career nurse, Amenaki also served as an instructor in the School of Nursing at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro from 1975 to 1992.


COLLECTION SUMMARY

Artifacts, an oral history interview, and a photograph document Armenaki's service and nursing experiences. Artifacts include dog tags, identification materials, an Army Nurse Corps cloisonne pin, and army patches. Oral history interview documents Armenaki's early education, her military service, her personal life after the war, and her nurses training and teaching at The University of North Carolina at Greensboro from the 1970s to the 1990s. Specific subjects include nurses training, her work with amputees and prisoners of war returning from Europe and the Pacific, and her post-war nursing career. One black-and-white photograph illustrates Doris Wofford Armenaki in uniform.

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BIOGRAPHY

Doris Wofford Armenaki of Cornelia, Georgia, was born on 3 November 1923, the daughter of a homemaker and a hardware businessman. Raised in northeast Georgia, Wofford graduated from Cornelia High School in 1940 and North Georgia College, a predominantly male military school, in 1942. She was accepted at the Georgia Baptist Hospital School of Nursing (now part of Mercer University) and began her training there in June 1942.

Armenaki joined the Cadet Nurse Corps in late 1943 or early 1944. After completing her training, she was sent to Kennedy General Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee, for six months from January to June 1945. Armenaki then accepted a commission for the Army Nurse Corps and completed basic training at Camp Rucker, Alabama. After one month of basic, Armenaki went to Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta. She remained at Lawson until the summer of 1946, when she was transferred to the hospital at Fort Dix, New Jersey. She was separated from service in November 1946 as a second lieutenant.

In the spring of 1946, Doris married Thomas Armenaki. She worked as a nurse for several Atlanta doctors and dentists before the Armenakis moved to Greensboro in 1956. After residing in Virginia and Tennessee, Doris Armenaki returned to Greensboro in June 1971 after her husband's death. She attended nursing school at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) from 1971 to 1974 and then completed her master's degree in nursing at the University of Alabama in Birmingham in 1975. In the fall of that year Armenaki became an assistant professor of medical-surgical nursing at UNCG. She retired from teaching in 1992. Armenaki died in Greensboro on 5 February, 2013.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Doris Wofford Armenaki, circa 1945
Item # WV0079.6.001
From the Doris Wofford Armenaki Papers
Oral history interview with Doris Wofford Armenaki, 1999
Item # WV0079.5.001
From the Doris Wofford Armenaki Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:

Army Nurse Corps Dog Tags and ID Bracelet; 2 Army Nurse Corps Cloisonne/Sterling "Corona Veniet Delectis" Epaulet Pins from Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta, Georgia; Cadet Nurse Corps ID Bracelet; Kennedy General Hospital ID Badge, ca. 1945; Army 3rd Service Command patch; Army 4th Service Command patch; Victory Ribbon; War Department ID Card, 1945.

To view a complete listing of the contents of collection, please visit:
http://library.uncg.edu/info/depts/scua/collections/university_archives/wvead/WV0079.xml