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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

DORIS O. MELVIN ORAL HISTORY

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BIOABSTRACT

Doris Onita Melvin (1918-?) of Sampson County, North Carolina, was a career nurse, serving in the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) from 1953 to 1975.


BIOGRAPHY

Doris Onita Melvin was born in 1918 in Sampson County, North Carolina. She graduated from Grover High School in 1934 and went on to three years of nursing school at McCain Hospital in Hoke County, North Carolina. After completing the program, she was hired as a nurse at the hospital.

Melvin enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) in 1953. She went through basic training at Fort Sam Houston, Texas, and was stationed at Fort Belvoir, Virginia. She was later transferred to Fort Myers, Florida, and then sent to serve at a base hospital in Germany. Upon returning to the United States, she was stationed at Womack Army Medical Center, Fort Bragg, North Carolina. She served in Japan in 1968 during the Vietnam War and was again stationed at Fort Bragg upon her return to the States. Melvin retired from the ANC in 1975 as a lieutenant colonel.


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Oral history interview with Doris Melvin, 2002
Item # WV0243.5.001
From the Doris O. Melvin Oral History