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Agnes E. Flaherty, interviewed by Melissa Piselli


Scope and Contents

From the Collection:

The Maine Women Veterans Oral History Project collected oral interviews with women veterans through a collaborative effort of the Maine commission on women veterans, the Maine Studies program at UMaine, and the Women Studies program at UMaine. Includes WWII, Vietnam, and Desert Storm.


  • Creation: 2000-2003


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From the Collection: 68 items

Language of Materials

From the Collection: English


NA3327 Agnes E. Flaherty, interviewed by Melissa Piselli, February 22 and April 26, 2005, South Portland, Maine. Flaherty, born in Portland, Maine, talks about her parents, Anna and Mark Flaherty; her family’s involvement in nursing; enlisting in the military during WWII as a nurse in the Army Air Core; working out of Grenier Field in Manchester, New Hampshire; her experiences and favorite memories as a flight nurse; early medications; experiences with the Women’s Army Core (WAC); patriotism during WWII; serving in the Pacific as a flight nurse; working out of Hickam Air Field in Oahu, Hawaii; relationship between nurses and doctors then and now; G.I.’s teasing the nurses; transporting psychiatric patients; landings at Tarawa and Canto; experiences with patients suffering from head trauma; Elaine McCarty, a nurse during the Vietnam War; working at Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital; serving as president of the Maine State Nurses Assoc.; how nursing has changed since. Also included: WWII Flight Nurses Association Pamphlet; reservation request form for World War II Flight Nurses Association; mailed article “No Time for Fear”; pamphlet. Text: 33 pp. transcript, 3 pp. index, summary for interviews, 46 pp. supplemental content. Recording: mfc_na3327_cd0949_01, mfc_na3327_cd0949_02 (CD 0949). Time: 01:04:38 (CD MIA). Restrictions: None

Repository Details

Part of the Northeast Archives of Folklore and Oral History Repository

5729 Raymond H. Fogler Library
University of Maine
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