“In Her Words: Women’s Duty and Service in World War I”

Smithsonian's National Postal Museum
February 2, 2018
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Smithsonian's National Postal Museum

Army nurse Greta Wolf’s letter to her sister and brother-in-law, October 28, 1918

Two weeks before the Armistice, Army nurse Greta Wolf was writing by candlelight at Base Hospital No. 54 in France and telling her family of her work with her patients and military restrictions on the nursing staff: “We are not supposed to talk to the Pvts/non-commissioned officers, but you can’t help it when you see how much good it does them.” The last page (shown here) of her October 28, 1918 letter received the mark of the mail censor’s approval—all letters from US service personnel working overseas were subject to military censorship.

Courtesy Greta (Wolf) Fleming Collection, Gift of Janice Fleming, Women’s Memorial Foundation Collection