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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Veterans ➔ Army Good Conduct Medal

Identifier:
2015.34.6
Description:
An Army Good Conduct Medal that belonged to either Bob or Evie Hext.
Date:
circa 1945
Materials:
Copper, Ribbon
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift of the Estate Of Robert And Evelyn Hext
Links:
http://veteranmedals.army.mil/awardg&d.nsf/374fbd6468877ab385256b6600590a90/6a9dd9bc1fb0613985256b6600644f1f!OpenDocument
Makers/Donors
Estate of Robert and Evelyn Hext

Bob Hext
Robert (Bob) Hext was born in Lansing, MI in 1918 to parents Frend and Blanche.  Bob lived in Grand Rapids and was a graduate of Ottawa Hills High School and the University of Michigan with a B.A. in English. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1941 and served as a Surgical Technician, with the 12th General Hospital in North Africa and Italy until the war ended. It was while serving abroad that Bob met Evelyn (Evie) Schulz.  The two dated for two and a half years, were engaged 10 months, and were married on August 9, 1945, shortly before the end of World War II.  After the war, they returned to Bob's home town of Grand Rapids where they lived happily together for 66 years.  Evie passed away in 2011 and Bob died in 2015.

A collection documenting the story of Bob and Evie's marriage, including Evie's beautiful wedding gown made of parachute nylon, was donated to the Grand Rapids Public Museum by their estate in 2015.


Hext, Evie
Evelyn (Evie) Schulz was born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin in 1917 and grew up in Fish Creek, Wisconsin. Evie trained as a Nurse in Milwaukee and was appointed an Army Reserve Nurse in 1941.  Evelyn spent one year providing service in the United States, starting at Fort Custer, Battle Creek, Michigan. She then served two years and nine months as a Nurse Anesthetist with the 12th General Hospital in North Africa and Italy until the war ended. During her service she was promoted from 2nd lieutenant to 1st lieutenant. In a recommendation letter for this promotion Major Baltz, Principle Cheif Nurse, wrote of Evelyn, "She has displayed excellent administrative ability, considerable ingenuitiy in improvisation and a sincere interest and conscientious loyalty in her work".

While serving abroad that Evie met Robert (Bob) Hext. According to their permission to marry documentation, the two courted for two years and six months, were engaged for ten months and married on August 9, 1945, shortly before the end of World War II.  After the war, they returned to Bob's home town of Grand Rapids where they lived happily together for 66 years.  Evie passed away in 2011 and Bob died in 2015.

A collection documenting the story of Evie and Bob's marriage, including Evie's beautiful wedding gown made of parachute nylon, was donated to the Grand Rapids Public Museum by their estate in 2015.