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Veterans ➔ Military Identification Photograph of Evelyn Schulz

Military identification photograph of Evelyn (Evie) Schultz before her marriage to Bob Hext.  This photo has her holding up a board with her name and military rank with the Army Nurses Corp: "2nd LT ANC".

Donated as part of a collection of artifacts by the estate of Bob and Evie Hext, which reflect their military service during World War II and marriage in Italy. 
circa 1943
Gift of the Estate Of Robert And Evelyn Hext
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!

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.