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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Schmidt, Ila J, 1919- Oral History Interview and Collection, 1943-2002

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Schmidt, Ila J., 1919-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 1943-2002.
MSU Archives Collection 1707

Schmidt, Ila J., 1919-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 1943-2002. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1707. 2 folders and 1 audiocassette.


The Ila J. Schmidt collection consists of an audiocassette and transcript of an oral history interview conducted between Schmidt and Kellian Clink in 2002. Schmidt served in the Army Nurse Corps during World War II. She talks about her experience at sea, her time in Australia and the Philippines, and her job as a nurse. Schmidt was discharged from the Army Nurse Corps as 1st Lieutenant.

This oral history interview was conducted as part of the South Central Minnesota Veterans History Project conducted by the Southern Minnesota Historical Center at Minnesota State University, Mankato.

Biographical Note:

Ila J. Schmidt was born in Worth County, Iowa in 1919. In 1943 at the age of 24, she enlisted into the Army Nurse Corps in Northwood, Iowa. While serving at Camp Phillips, Kansas, Schmidt received the news she was being sent overseas. She sailed on the USS Uruguay for a month on its way to Australia. She spent most of her time in Australia and was also in the Philippines for a little while. In July 1945, she was sent back to the United States and in December 1945 was discharged as 1st Lieutenant. Today Schmidt is living in Albert Lea, Minnesota.


There are no restrictions on use of this collection for research purposes. The researcher assumes full responsibility for observing all copyright, property and libel laws as they apply.

Collection Citation:

Schmidt, Ila J., 1919-. Oral History Interview and Collection, 1943-2002. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1707, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Ila J. Schmidt donated this collection in January 2002.

Processed By:

Julie Dornack transcribed the interview in 2003. Brittney Andringa processed this collection in November 2003.

Related Collections:

A copy of this oral history interview is also available from the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. Information is available on the National Registry of Service website for the national Veterans History Project. It has been determined that there are no similar manuscript collections about Ila J. Schmidt available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Schmidt, Ila J., 1919-, interviewee.
Schmidt, Ila J., 1919---Interviews.
Clink, Kellian, interviewer.
World War, 1939-1945.
United States. Army.
Women veterans.
Veterans History Project.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1707



Oral History Interview, Cassette, 2002



Transcript, 2002



Photographs and correspondence, 1943-2002