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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

ELSIE CHIN YUEN SEETOO PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo (b. 1918) of Stockton, California, served in the Chinese Red Cross Medical Relief Corps from 1942 to 1944 and in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps from 1944 to 1946.


BIOGRAPHY

Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo was born in Stockton, California, on 14 September 1918. In 1931, when she was twelve years old, Seetoo’s family returned to Xinhui in the Guangdong Province of China, and she attended the Pooi To Middle School in Guangzhoun [Canton] for six years. After graduation in 1938, Seetoo entered nurse’s training at the Queen Mary Hospital in Hong Kong and graduated in 1941.

In April 1942 Seetoo joined the Chinese Red Cross Medical Relief Corps in Guiyang, where she worked in the operating room before joining a medical training unit. In early 1943 Seetoo was stationed in Ramgarh, India, to train orderlies. She returned to China after seven months and resigned from the Chinese Red Cross in February 1944. Seetoo joined the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in June 1944 and was stationed with the 14th Air Force as a member of the Air Service Command. She continued to serve in China with the 95th Station Hospital in Kunming and Chengdu, and with the 172nd General Hospital in Shanghai from October 1945 to February 1946. Seetoo returned to the United States in February 1946 and was discharged in May.

After her military service, Seetoo married and attended the Woman’s College of the University of North Carolina (now the University of North Carolina at Greensboro). She graduated in 1948 with a bachelor of science in nursing. Seetoo and her husband lived in the Washington, D.C., area and raised a family. She did freelance work for a translation agency for thirty years and was a technical publications writer for the Naval Medical Center.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
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Elsie Seetoo at Hong Kong Nurses Quarters, circa 1939
Item # WV0331.6.001
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo with rifle, 1942
Item # WV0331.6.002
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Medical Service Training Unit and plane, 1942
Item # WV0331.6.003
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo posing on charcoal truck, 1942
Item # WV0331.6.004
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo in China, 1944
Item # WV0331.6.006
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo outside dormitory, 1942
Item # WV0331.6.007
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Nurses at Camp Ramgarh, India, 1943
Item # WV0331.6.009
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo outside clinic, 1943
Item # WV0331.6.010
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Staff in tent at Ramgarh, India, 1943
Item # WV0331.6.011
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo outside tent in India, 1943
Item # WV0331.6.012
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo on plane, 1944
Item # WV0331.6.013
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo in China, 1944
Item # WV0331.6.014
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo posing by a tree, 1944
Item # WV0331.6.015
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Nurses quarters at Chengkung Airbase, 1944
Item # WV0331.6.016
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo and coworkers in China, 1944
Item # WV0331.6.017
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Nuns at 95th Station Hospital, circa 1944
Item # WV0331.6.018
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo on stretcher ramp, 1945
Item # WV0331.6.019
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo with friends in China, 1945
Item # WV0331.6.020
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Army nurses in China, 1945
Item # WV0331.6.021
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo in Shanghai, 1946
Item # WV0331.6.022
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Elsie Seetoo outside clinic for Chinese soldiers, 1943
Item # WV0331.6.008
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers
Oral history interview with Elsie Seetoo, 2005
Item # WV0331.5.001
From the Elsie Chin Yuen Seetoo Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
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