MF144 Women in the Military

Document Type

Oral History

Interviewee name

Agnes E. Flaherty


Melissa Piselli

Interview date


Interview location

South Portland, Maine





Download Full Text (5.2 MB)

Streaming Media

Media is loading


Agnes E. Flaherty, interviewed by Melissa Piselli, February 22 and April 26, 2005, South Portland, Maine. Flaherty, born in Portland, Maine, talks about her parents, Anna and Mark Flaherty; her family’s involvement in nursing; enlisting in the military during WWII as a nurse in the Army Air Core; working out of Grenier Field in Manchester, New Hampshire; her experiences and favorite memories as a flight nurse; early medications; experiences with the Women’s Army Core (WAC); patriotism during WWII; serving in the Pacific as a flight nurse; working out of Hickam Air Field in Oahu, Hawaii; relationship between nurses and doctors then and now; G.I.’s teasing the nurses; transporting psychiatric patients; landings at Tarawa and Canto; experiences with patients suffering from head trauma; Elaine McCarty, a nurse during the Vietnam War; working at Maine Medical Center and Mercy Hospital; serving as president of the Maine State Nurses Assoc.; how nursing has changed since. Also included: WWII Flight Nurses Association Pamphlet; reservation request form for World War II Flight Nurses Association; mailed article “No Time for Fear”; pamphlet. Text: 33 pp. transcript, 3 pp. index, summary for interview #2, 38 pp. supplemental content. Time: 01:04:38


Part 1: mfc_na3327_cd0949_01
Part 2: mfc_na3327_cd0949_02


Military History | Oral History | United States History | Women's History

Birth date

November 21, 1919


Portland, Cumberland County, Maine

Death date

September 20, 2008


Scarborough, Cumberland County, Maine

Nation of origin

United States

Home state/Territory






Ethnic group



Assistant Director of Nursing Education at Mercy Hospital; Executive Director of the Maine State Board of Nursing; Vice President of Nursing Eastern Maine Medical Center

Civic groups

Maine State Nurses' Association, the Maine Medical Board of Corporators, the Medical Care Development Board of Corporators, the Altrusa Club of Biddeford-Saco, and the Hospital Volunteers of Saco Valley; World War II Flight Nurses Association

Branch of service

U.S. Army

Service Unit

Women's Army Corps.; 1125th U.S. Army Hospital (Reserve), Auburn, Maine

Dates of service

April 1942-September 1945

Date of entry

April 6, 1942

Service entry


Location of Service

Grenier Field in Manchester, New Hampshire; Hickam Air Field, Oahu, Hawaii; Fort Carson, Colorado

Awards & Ribbons

Air Medal

Wars & Conflicts

World War II; Korean War

Entry Rank

O-1 2nd Lieutenant

Highest Rank

O-2 1st Lieutenant

Exit Rank

O-2 1st Lieutenant


Admiral Nimitz; Elaine McCarty


Maine; Grenier Field in Manchester, New Hampshire; Oahu, Hawaii; Tarawa, Kiribati; New Guinea; Guam; Bowman Field, Kentucky; Philippines; Saipan; Fiji; Canton Island [Kanton]; Funafuti Island; India; Europe; Denver, Colorado; Washington, D.C.


Women in the Military; Army Flight Nurses; Pacific Theatre

Collection name

Women in the Military

Collection number


Item number


Rights and Access Note

This Item is protected by copyright and/or related rights. You are free to use this Item in any way that is permitted by the copyright and related rights legislation that applies to your use. In addition, no permission is required from the rights-holder(s) for non-commercial uses. For other uses, you need to obtain permission from the rights-holder(s). For more information, contact Special Collections.

Agnes E. Flaherty, interviewed by Melissa Piselli, Part 1



Rights Statement

In Copyright - Non-Commercial Use Permitted