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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Clothing and Accessories
Women's Clothing
Uniforms
World War II ➔ Military Uniform

Identifier:
2008.27.2a-e
Description:
This six-piece service uniform is from the United States Nurse Corps of the United States Army. It was worn by Alvena Franzen from 1943 to 1946 while serving in Scotland, England, and France during World War II.

This service uniform consists of six pieces that include an olive green wool jacket, an olive green wool skirt, a khaki cotton blouse, two khaki cotton ties, and service cap number 2008.27.2f. The jacket features two overseas stripes on the proper left sleeve near the cuff that indicate one year of overseas service. The left sleeve also displays a European Theatre of Operations patch at the shoulder. There is an Army Service Forces patch on the proper right shoulder. This jacket has Lieutenant insignias on the epaulets and U.S. collar devices on the lapel. The lapel also displays collar devices that represent the Army Nurse Corps. There are three service ribbons on the proper left breast that are as follows: an American Campaign Medal, a European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal with a bronze service star, and a World War II Victory Medal. 
Date:
1943 – 1946
Materials:
Wool, Cotton
Dimensions:
29" h 17 | 16.5 | 28 | 4 | 9" w
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift Of Alvena Franzen
Rights:

Exhibit/Program
NURSING: A Dynamic Profession (April 30 – May 29 2016)
As a tribute to nurses throughout West Michigan and around the globe, this exhibit celebrates this dynamic profession through artifacts from the GRPM’s Collections and our community partners. From nursing on the battlefield to the ICU, these past and present-day objects connect us to the profound impact nurses have had and continue to have on our lives.

With the health reform of the late 19th century, transforming hospitals from charitable hospices to therapeutic institutions, came a dependance on trained nurses. Nursing quickly became the largest workforce in the healthcare system and continue to be so today.
Nursing is a lifelong pursuit that requires great commitment to patient care and professionalism. Medical science is constantly evolving, thus the nursing profession is constantly changing and nurses must continue to train in new skills and technologies throughout their careers.The GRPM thanks nurses for all they do!

Makers/Donors
The Cable Company

Quatermaster Corps

Alvena Franzen
Alvena Frazen served in the United States Army Nurse Corps from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. She served in Scotland, England, and France. 
 


Alvena Franzen
Alvena Frazen served in the United States Army Nurse Corps from 1943 to 1946 during World War II. She served in Scotland, England, and France. 
 


United States Army Nurse Corps
The  United States Army Nurse Corps (AN or ANC) was formed in 1901 by the U.S. Congress. It is the nursing service that assists the United States Army and it is one of six medical special branches that form the Army Medical Department. The ANC is comprised of registered nurses. 
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Grand Rapids
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