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Oral history interview of Paula Conroy. Interview conducted by Jessie Oldham with Rivera via Zoom on July 14, 2021. Interview topics include pre-military life, decision to join the Navy Nurse Corps, officer training for Navy Nurse Corps in Rhode Island, promotion to Lieutenant (junior grade) and work at Pensacola station, main job of Navy nurses, experience of the progression from nursing as an all women field to an integrated field and women going on to ships, transfer to Cherry Point, North Carolina at a Marine Corps base, becoming a Navy nurse recruiter, promotion to Lieutenant Commander and move to and life/work at station in Spain, return to the States and return to college for Master's degree in Florida, Shift to Nurse Practitioner administrative role in Navy Nurse Corps, experience at Jacksonville station and Mayport Naval station, promotion to Commander and new job as recruiter in Washington DC and Tennessee, return to Bethesda Naval Hospital and major assignment on hospital ship, the Comfort, in Baltimore, experience on 9/11, retirement, initial decision to pursue nursing, experience of being commissioned, acclimating to military life, diabetes research for the Navy, memorable experiences, favorite stations and duties/assignments, Navy leadership and service men's feelings towards war in the Middle East, re-acclimating to civilian life, continued contact with those she served with and what those relationships mean to her, and applying military training to civilian life.

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Jessica Oldham

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RICHES University of Central Florida

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Department of History, University of Central Florida




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