Mary Lou Hand Collection

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    Oral memoirs of Mary Lou Hand: An interview conducted on April 5, 2022
    (2024-02)
    Mary Lou Hand was born in Aleppo, Pennsylvania. She joined the Army in 1944 as a nurse. She served overseas in England during World War II, working with wounded soldiers in ambulatory care. She tells a few anecdotes about the soldiers that she was working with or that she interacted with in England. She was thankful that she wasn’t assigned to the psychiatric wards or intensive care. She left the service when she got married to Bob Hand from Baytown, Texas. She worked in the OB department at St Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan, Texas, and delivered babies during the baby boom. After some time abroad due to her husband’s work, including in South Africa, she and her family ended up in West Texas for the oil boom.