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The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project

RACHEL BROWER TWIDDY PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Rachel Brower Twiddy (1917-2010) of Liberty, North Carolina, served in the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) at Ford Ord, California, from 1942 until the fall of 1943.


BIOGRAPHY

Rachel H. Brower Twiddy was born on 27 July 1917. She grew up in Liberty, North Carolina, and graduated from Liberty High School in 1935. She went to Emergency Hospital and Catholic University in Washington, D.C., and Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Maryland, for three years of nursing school. Twiddy worked for one year in a Washington hospital, then spent several years in private duty nursing. In 1941, she moved to San Francisco, California, and worked at Stanford Hospital.

Twiddy joined the Army Nurse Corps as a second lieutenant, and in February 1942, she was sent to Fort Ord, California, where she worked in the skin ward. She married Charles Twiddy, an army warrant officer, in April 1943 and was discharged from the Army Nurse Corps that fall, after becoming pregnant.

The Twiddys lived in California until 1945, when they settled in Raleigh, North Carolina. Charles went back into the army a few years later, and the family moved to Texas, Hawaii, and Maryland. Around 1950, he took a civilian job at the Pentagon, and Rachel occasionally worked as a nurse while they lived in Washington, D.C. The Twiddys moved back to Liberty in 1984. Rachel Brower Twiddy died on 19 February, 2010.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
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Rachel Brower Twiddy at work in a hospital ward, circa 1942
Item # WV0133.6.009
From the Rachel Brower Twiddy Papers
Army nurses at Fort Ord, circa 1942
Item # WV0133.6.006
From the Rachel Brower Twiddy Papers
Two Army nurses, circa 1942
Item # WV0133.6.002
From the Rachel Brower Twiddy Papers
Rachel Brower Twiddy, circa 1942
Item # WV0133.6.001
From the Rachel Brower Twiddy Papers
Army Nurse Corps blue cape, 1942
Item # WV0133.8.001
From the Rachel Brower Twiddy Papers
Oral history interview with Rachel Brower Twiddy, 1999
Item # WV0133.5.001
From the Rachel Brower Twiddy Papers
Army nurses at gas mask drill, circa 1942
Item # WV0133.6.005
From the Rachel Brower Twiddy Papers
Army nurses and patients, circa 1942
Item # WV0133.6.004
From the Rachel Brower Twiddy Papers
Rachel Brower Twiddy with two patients, circa 1942
Item # WV0133.6.008
From the Rachel Brower Twiddy Papers
Army nurses at Fort Ord, circa 1942
Item # WV0133.6.007
From the Rachel Brower Twiddy Papers

ADDITIONAL CONTENTS:
Station Hospital, Fort Ord, CA, Anniversary Day Program, 20 March 1942