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Bernice Couzynse Collection, 1937-1997

Collection Overview

Title: Bernice Couzynse Collection, 1937-1997

ID: COLL/459

Creator: Couzynse, Bernice (1919-1997)

Extent: 2.99 Cubic Feet. More info below.

Arrangement: Folder level description

Abstract

Calvin alumna and United States army nurse. The collection includes military orders, correspondence, programs, certificates, photograph slide cartridges, plus postcards and photograph albums.

Biographical Note

Lieutenant Colonel Bernice Ruth Couzynse was born October 11, 1919 in Michigan. In the fall of 1942 Couzynse completed her nursing education from Blodgett Hospital in Grand Rapids. With the outbreak of World War II and being raised in a military family, she naturally enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps. She departed from the United States with a large medical convoy to North Africa. Once Couzynse and her team arrived, they were to set up a station hospital for the area.  She was trained to become a nurse anesthetist. Their next assignment was in Naples, Italy, and then moved on to a French evacuation hospital north of Florence. The hospital became a P.O.W. hospital for German soldiers. Her next assignment she was on the pacific coast, but once the atomic bomb was dropped on Japan, Courzynse finally got the opportunity to return to the United States.

Once back in America, she took on several assignments at different hospitals throughout the country. Ironically in 1953 Courzynse got the opportunity to go to Japan to work in a general hospital during the Korean War.  She eventually got promoted to head nurse on the women's ward for one year. She once again returned the States working at several hospitals.

By 1960 she was sent to Germany, working in the out-patient clinic and emergency room. She was temporally stationed in back in America before returning to Germany in 1965. Three days before her retirement, the army asked for her retention. She eventually accepted the army's request, and became the head nurse at William Beaumont Hospital in El Paso, Texas. Courzynse finally retired in 1971. Although retired, she continued to be active as a member of the American Legion, Grand Rapids Army and Navy Club, and Women Oversea Service League. Bernice Ruth Couzynse passed on October 20, 1997.


Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: [General Materials]Add to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 1: Commencement programs --- 1937, 1939Add to your cart.
Folder 2: Military orders --- 1955-1957Add to your cart.
Folder 3: Certificates of Achievement --- 1958, 1962, 1965, 1968Add to your cart.
Folder 4: Letters and cards received --- 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 5: Letters and cards received --- 1944Add to your cart.
Folder 6: Letters and cards received --- 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 7: Letters and cards received --- 1945Add to your cart.
Folder 8: Letters and cards received --- 1946Add to your cart.
Folder 9: Letters and cards received --- 1948, 1949Add to your cart.
Folder 10: News clippings and memorial service program --- 1997Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Photographs, Bernice, nurses --- 1959, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 2Add to your cart.
Item 1: Card album #1Add to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Card album #2Add to your cart.
Item 2: Photograph album #1Add to your cart.
Item 3: Photograph album #2Add to your cart.
Box 4Add to your cart.
Item 1: Card album #3Add to your cart.
Item 2: Card album #4Add to your cart.
Item 3: Card album #5Add to your cart.
Box 5Add to your cart.
Item 1: Photograph album #3Add to your cart.
Item 2: Prism; HS diploma --- 1940Add to your cart.
Box 6: Photograph slide cartridges (11)Add to your cart.
Box 7: Photograph slide cartridges (4)Add to your cart.
Box Vault: Army uniform (Major insignia)Add to your cart.
Series 2: PhotographsAdd to your cart.
Box 1Add to your cart.
Folder 11: Photographs, Bernice, nurses --- 1959, undatedAdd to your cart.
Box 3Add to your cart.
Item 1: Photograph album #1: family, nursesAdd to your cart.

Washington, DC

Atlantic City, NJ

Valley Forge, PA

Cincinnati, OH

San Francisco, CA

California coastal cities

California redwoods

Caverns of Luray, VA

Shenandoah National Park

Item 2: Photograph album #2: Bernice’s father with American Expeditionary Force, photos in TX, [World War I]Add to your cart.
Box 5: Photograph album #3: Japan: scenic photos, nurses, doctorsAdd to your cart.
Box 6: SlidesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Hong KongAdd to your cart.
Item 2: Japan: Tokyo, 1953-1954; Kyoto; various cities, Camp Drew --- 1954Add to your cart.
Box 7: SlidesAdd to your cart.
Item 1: Smokies, Biltmore estateAdd to your cart.
Item 2: President Eisenhower in GeorgiaAdd to your cart.
Item 3: Savannah, GA, Charleston, SC, St.ine, FL --- AugustAdd to your cart.
Item 4: San Antonio, TX: zoo, Brackenridge Park, sunken gardensAdd to your cart.
Series 3: MedalsAdd to your cart.
Box 7Add to your cart.
Item 1: USA World War II Campaign, Service, Victory medal and ribbon (Four Freedoms)Add to your cart.
Item 2: USA American Campaign medal and ribbonAdd to your cart.
Item 3: USA Korea Service ribbonAdd to your cart.
Item 4: United Nations Korea Service medal and ribbonAdd to your cart.