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Title image for Bronze Star Nurse exhibit. Josephine H. Kaser

Josephine Hobbs Kaser, World War II army nurse, public health nurse, and hospital administrator was born February 17, 1912. She enlisted in the United States Army Nurse Corps in January 1943. Lt. Kaser received the Bronze Star Medal for Meritorious Achievement for her service during World War II. After the war, she returned to Japan and trained local health care workers. The Josephine Hobbs Kaser collection includes letters, diaries, military documents and photos. Her descriptions of life on board a hospital ship and in post war Japan are invaluable to the study of World War II, and especially the role American women played in the war effort. Enter Bronze Star Nurse.



Title image for An Artist at War exhibit. Frank D. Duncan, Jr. Frank D. Duncan, Jr. was born in Chicago in 1916. He later moved to New York where he developed an interest in painting. For six years Duncan studied at the Yale School of Fine Arts, winning a number of awards for his paintings. After graduating from Yale he was drafted into the U.S. Army. Duncan continued to paint as a soldier and was one of forty-two artists selected to participate in the War Art Program. In 1942-43 Duncan was with the 36th Infantry Division. This collection of his works represents his time in North Africa documenting the surrounding landscape and everyday life in the army camps. Enter An Artist at War.



In 1943, University of Texas Naval ROTC students were placed on active duty and began living a military life on a university campus. The Naval ROTC Oral History Collection site includes biographical sketches, photographs and excerpts from video interviews. The site represents the first phase of the project, which focuses on University of Texas students who joined the Reserve Officer Training Corps and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II. View Press Release. Enter The University of Texas Naval ROTC Oral History Project.