Margaret Larson

Navy Nurse Home After Serving in South Pacific
Ensign Margaret Larson, a graduate of Luther Hospital School of Nursing, is home on leave after almost two years overseas duty as a Navy nurse. She was stationed for 16 months at Noumea, New Caledonia with a mobile hospital. 

Miss Larson is the daughter of Nels Larson of Colfax. After completing her training here, she was in charge of one floor at Luther Hospital, when she enlisted in the Navy Nurse Corps in March 1942. She went to Mare Island, near San Francisco, CA, where she served for several months before going overseas.

About her work as a Navy nurse, Ensign Larson could say little because of censorship restriction. The Navy, she explained, is very strict about this. She could say that casualties from the front were brought to the hospital at Noumea, but that the hospital is the type which can be moved when the tide of war moves. 

"The Navy takes good care of its  nurses," this Navy nurse said, to the comment that she was looking very well after her service in the tropics. She also said that one becomes acclimated to tropical conditions.

She told of the fun she and several other nurses had on a ten-day sojourn in Sydney, Australia, which is more like a big American city than any place she saw while overseas.

They didn't go to movie theaters, because they see plenty of movies at the hospital, but they did enjoy stage productions there. And it was a treat to have fresh milk and the excellent fruits and vegetables of Australia.

Ensign Larson will report to Oakland, CA at the end of her leave for further assignment.