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Pearl A. Domma Interview (2007)

World War II Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Cheddar, England, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2007-11-01

Duration: 00:56:56

Subjects: Domma, Pearl A. | World War II | Military | Veterans | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives | United States. Army | Military nursing | NURSES | Women | Camp Shelby (Miss.) | World War, 1939-1945 -- Campaigns -- Europe | Arnhem, Battle of, Arnhem, Netherlands, 1944 | Prisoner of war | Taylor, Maxwell D. (Maxwell Davenport), 1901-1987


  • Lefebvre, Marian Interviewer
  • Domma, Pearl A. Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on November 1, 2007, with Pearl A. Domma, an Army Nurse with the 24th Evacuation Hospital during World War II. She discusses: training and working at Camp Shelby in Mississippi for 17 months; living with an English family for 4 ½ months while training in Cheddar, England; arriving in Normandy six days after the D-Day invasion; following the troops of the 1st and 9th Armies through France, Belgium, Holland and Germany; serving the British 2nd Army during Operation Market Garden in Holland; caring for General Maxwell Taylor after he sustained a leg injury; treating German prisoners of war; meeting an American prisoner of war from Louisiana while in Germany; her promotion to First Lieutenant; going home at the end of the war; experiencing an air raid during a trip to London; and the primitive living conditions of the doctors and nurses at the hospital. She also shares photographs and her medals from World War II.