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Oral history interview with Shirley J. Curtis, 2003 April 17

Identifier: DCL2003.206


Curtis recalls enlisting in the Army and her early days in boot camp. She describes her various tours of duty including preparing ships to transport troops overseas from bases in the San Francisco area, and various other administrative assignments in Italy, Germany, and locations in the U.S., including Valley Forge Army Hospital, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, the Brooklyn Army Terminal and Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center. Along with describing her Army duties, she provides a perspective of the personal life and experiences that her assignments in different parts of the world afforded her.


  • 2003 April 17

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A Korean War-era and Vietnam War-era veteran, Shirley Curtis was born in Fort Morgan, Colo. She enlisted and was accepted into the Army in August 1949. After boot camp in Fort Lee, Va., she served in various capacities initially in the San Francisco area, and then carried out various administrative assignments both overseas and in the U.S. After retirement from the service as a Sergeant following her last assignment at Fitzsimmons Army Medical Center in Denver, she spent 22 years as a Federal police officer. She became active in the Denver chapter of the Women's Army Corps Veterans Association and in 1994 was appointed to the Colorado Board of Veterans Affairs.


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