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Minnesota State University, Mankato
Minnesota State University, Mankato

Pleiss, Ruth E, 1920- Oral History Interview, 2003

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Minnesota State University, Mankato,
Memorial Library, Southern Minnesota Historical Center
Pleiss, Ruth E., 1920-. Oral History Interview, 2003.
SMHC Manuscript Collection 1711

Pleiss, Ruth E., 1920-. Oral History Interview, 2003. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1711. 1 folder and 1 audiocassette.


The Ruth E. Pleiss collection consists of an audiocassette and transcript of an oral history interview between Pleiss and Daardi Sizemore in October 2003. Pleiss served in the Army as a nurse during World War II. She talks about her time in the service and about her life and work she did at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri. Pleiss was discharged from the Army as First 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:

Ruth E. Pleiss was born in Sioux Falls, South Dakota in 1920. Following her older siblings into the military, she joined the Army in 1945. Pleiss went to Fort Carter, Camp Carson, Colorado for basic training and then to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri where she served for about a year. After being discharged in 1946, she stayed in the Reserves until 1964. While in the Reserves she attend school at the University of Minnesota where she met her husband. After a year of schooling, she quit and moved to Albert Lea, Minnesota where she lives today. She continued her career in nursing and is a member to the American Legion.


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:

Pleiss, Ruth E., 1920-. Oral History Interview, 2003. SMHC Manuscript Collection 1711, Southern Minnesota Historical Center, Memorial Library, Minnesota State University, Mankato.


Ruth E. Pleiss donated this collection in October 2003.

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 Ruth E. Pleiss available elsewhere.

LCSH Subject Headings:

Pleiss, Ruth E., 1920-, interviewee.
Pleiss, Ruth E.,1920---Interviews.
Sizemore, Daardi, interviewer.
World War, 1939-1945.
United States. Army.
Women veterans.
Veterans History Project.
Oral History.

SMHC Manuscript Collection 1711



Oral History Interview, Cassette, 2003



Transcript, 2003



Photograph, 2003