Over 300 photographs recording the experiences of a U.S. Army nurse in Europe and North Africa during World War II. Donated by James Glyer.
May Violet Victoria Glyer (who went by the name of Violet) was born in Chisago County, Minnesota on May 31, 1907 to Alfred and Beda Lindberg Glyer. She entered the University of Minnesota nursing program and graduated with a nursing degree in 1927. She got a job as a school nurse in St. Paul.
At 35 years of age, Glyer enlisted as a nurse to serve in the U.S. Army shortly after Pearl Harbor. She served in the 26th General Hospital Unit (University of Minnesota) from 1942 through 1945. In the course of her military career, she was stationed in Fort Sill, Oklahoma, Birmingham, England, Oran and Constantine, North Africa, Bezerte and Bari, Italy, Boston, Massachusetts, Cairo, Egypt, Palestine, and Des Moines, Iowa. The photographs in this collection are from a scrapbook she compiled, recording her experiences and the people she knew during the war. After the war, Glyer became a Public Health nurse in 1946 for the city of St. Paul, retired in 1968 and moved to Gull Lake near Brainerd. She died October 26, 2001.
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