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Collection Tier:
Tier 2

Veterans ➔ U.S. Collar Pin

Identifier:
2015.34.17
Description:
Bronze U.S. military collar pin, likely belonged to Evie Hext.
Date:
circa 1945
Materials:
Bronze
Current Location Status:
In Storage
Source:
Gift of the Estate Of Robert And Evelyn Hext
Makers/Donors
Estate of Robert and Evelyn Hext

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.