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MARY JANE DEWAN PAPERS

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BIOABSTRACT

Mary Jane DeWan of Franklin Park, Illinois, served in the South Pacific while in the Army Nurse Corps (ANC) from 1943 to 1946.


BIOGRAPHY

Mary Jane DeWan of Franklin Park, Illinois, graduated from high school in River Forest in 1938. She attended nurses training at Oak Park Hospital in Oak Park, Illinois, finishing in June 1941. She then served briefly as a registered nurse at the Loyola University Hospital in Illinois.

DeWan joined the ANC in August 1942. She was sent to Camp Swift in Bastrop, Texas, as a second lieutenant, and then in June 1943 was assigned to Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in preparation for overseas duty. In September 1943, she married John DeWan, and in November she left Camp Stoneman in San Francisco, California, for Brisbane, Australia.

In January 1944, DeWan departed Australia for Oro Bay, New Guinea, where she was assigned to the 10th Station Hospital. In September 1944, she went to Finschhafen, New Guinea, and a few months later when her unit was changed to the 1st Field Hospital, she traveled to Leyte, Philippines, via Biak, New Guinea, and Peleliu in the Palau Islands. In August 1945, DeWan was stationed at Mindanao, Philippines. She stayed there until November 1945 when she returned to the United States. DeWan was discharged from the army in March 1946, and she and her husband returned to Illinois. She returned to nursing twenty-five later and worked for a decade before retiring.


CONTENTS AVAILABLE ONLINE:
Item
Mary Jane Vaughn DeWan with brother and cousin in New Guinea, circa 1944
Item # WV0027.6.001
From the Mary Jane DeWan Papers
10th Station Hospital Nurses, 1944
Item # WV0027.6.002
From the Mary Jane DeWan Papers
Mary Jane and John DeWan, 1945
Item # WV0027.6.003
From the Mary Jane DeWan Papers
Mary Jane DeWan and group leave for Ft. Leavenworth, 1943
Item # WV0027.6.004
From the Mary Jane DeWan Papers
Mary Jane DeWan in Oro Bay, 1944
Item # WV0027.6.005
From the Mary Jane DeWan Papers
10th Station Hospital Unit at Fort Leavenworth, 1943
Item # WV0027.6.006
From the Mary Jane DeWan Papers
USAF Cemetary in Zamboanga, Philippines, 1945
Item # WV0027.6.007
From the Mary Jane DeWan Papers
Oral history interview with Mary Jane DeWan, 1999
Item # WV0027.5.001
From the Mary Jane DeWan Papers