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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

SAMMIE M. RICE PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Sammie Mae Rice (1913-2006) was among the first African American nurses to serve in an overseas theater during World War II.


BIOGRAPHY

Sammie Mae Rice (1913-2006) of Laurens, South Carolina, enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps on 24 July 1942. At the time of her induction Lt Rice was assistant superintendent of Gillespie hospital in Cordele Georgia She was sent to Fort Bragg, NC, and Camp Kilmer, NJ, until February 1943, when she left for the African theatre with the 25th Station Hospital. When her shipped docked in Morocco in mid-March 1943, she became one of the first African Americans to serve overseas, and certainly the first African American nurse from South Carolina sent to that theatre during WWII. After stops in Dakar and Freetown, Rice arrived in Liberia, where she working as a nurse in the Officers ward of the Army hospital. By November of 1943, she was in Northern Africa, and by January 1944 Lieutenant Rice had returned to the United States, where she was stationed at Camp Livingston, Louisiana. Rice was discharged on 1 March 1946.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
African American army nurse Gertrude Marguerite Bertram, circa 1943
Item # WV0257.6.001
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
African American army nurse Sammie M. Rice, circa 1943
Item # WV0257.6.002
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Three African American ANC nurses, circa 1943
Item # WV0257.6.003
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
African American ANC nurse, circa 1943
Item # WV0257.6.005
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Sammie M. Rice and boy, circa 1943
Item # WV0257.6.004
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Letter from Sammie M. Rice to Estelle Rice, 31 January 1943
Item # WV0257.4.001
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Letter from Sammie M. Rice to Estelle Rice, 3 March 1943
Item # WV0257.4.002
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Letter from Sammie M. Rice to Estelle Rice, 23 October 1943
Item # WV0257.4.003
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Letter from Sammie M. Rice to Estelle Rice, 1943
Item # WV0257.4.004
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Letter from Sammie M. Rice to Estelle Rice, 1943
Item # WV0257.4.005
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Letter from Sammie M. Rice to Estelle Rice, 29 December 1943
Item # WV0257.4.006
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Letter from Sammie M. Rice to Estelle Rice, 4 February 1944
Item # WV0257.4.007
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Letter from Sammie M. Rice to Estelle Rice, 10 February 1944
Item # WV0257.4.008
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Letter from Sammie M. Rice to Estelle Rice, 1943
Item # WV0257.4.009
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Letter from Sammie M. Rice to Estelle Rice, 2 September 1942
Item # WV0257.4.010
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Letter from W.T. Briscoe to Sammie Rice, 1943
Item # WV0257.4.011
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers
Letter from W.T. Briscoe to Sammie Rice, 12 December, 1943.
Item # WV0257.4.012
From the Sammie M. Rice Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Additional correspondence, 1942-1947; Newspaper clippings and miscellaneous, 1942-1950.