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Document Details


Title: F. Rosland Westfall Sellmer
Local code: AFC/2001/001/10504
Document type: Oral history
Accessibility: Free Only
Repository: American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress
Collection: Veterans History Project
Description: Advances in aviation created a new kind of medical career in World War II: the flight nurse who accompanied severely wounded patients back from the front lines to the United States for treatment. Usually working with only one corpsman, nurses like Rosalind Westfall cared for patients’ needs during the long flights that made their way from Paris to the Azores, then to either Bermuda or Newfoundland, and finally to New York or Miami. Westfall always packed a ball gown for every trip, because once she touched down, there was a dance to attend to help ease the tensions accumulated from her stressful duties.
Original Language: English
Audio: [Audio available]
Speaker: Sellmer, F. Rosalind Westfall, 1920-
Speaker gender: Female
Speaker date of birth: 22-Nov-1920
Speaker place of birth: Dunbar, WV; West Virginia; United States; North America
Speaker race: White
Speaker occupation: Military personnel
Document date: Undated
Interviewer: Lugar, Richard G.
Organizations discussed: U.S. Army Air Force, 1918-1947
Historical events discussed: World War II, 1939-1945
Locations discussed: Azores Islands, Portugal; Europe; France; Ile-de-France, France; North America; Paris, Ile-de-France, France; Portugal; United States
Topics discussed - ASP terms: Azores Islands, Portugal; Europe; France; Ile-de-France, France; North America; Oral history; Paris, Ile-de-France, France; Portugal; U.S. Army Air Force, 1918-1947; United States; United States--Armed Forces; World War II, 1939-1945; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American; World War, 1939-1945--Veterans
ASP release: 2006-01
Document code: OHI0033171-36338