Rosemary Seifert Oral History
Rosemary Seifert was born on September 2, 1914, in Little Falls, Minnesota. She attended nursing school training in Duluth, Minnesota, between 1931 and 1934. On August 4, 1941, Rosemary reported to Camp Roberts, California to begin her service in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. Seifert was soon deployed to the Pacific Theater at Milne Bay, Biak, Clark Field, and Manila. Seifert returned to the United States in November 1945 and later awarded with the Asian Pacific and Freedom of Manila Awards. She was a nurse at the VA after World War II. On April 5, 2009, she passed away. Seifert was never married.
Rosemary Seifert described her experiences as a nurse in the Army Nurse Corps in the South Pacific during World War II. Seifert reported to Camp Roberts in California on August 4, 1941 to begin her training for the war. She remembered being sent to Camp White in Oregon for her overseas training. Seifert described landing in Milne Bay in the lower end of New Guinea when she was first sent into the South Pacific. At Milne Bay, Seifert discussed working in a general hospital. From Milne Bay, she explained her movements to Biak, Clark Field, and finally to Manila. While in Manila,Seifert recalled finding out that the war had ended, then returning to the United States in November 1945. She remembered contracting malaria, and having to be put on “rough” medication. Seifert ended her interview with a discussion of the difference between working as a nurse with the VA versus working as a nurse in the South Pacific during World War II.
Interview by Nancy Baker
St. Cloud State University, "Rosemary Seifert Oral History" (1989). World War II Veterans. 42.