Korean War Legacy Project

Marian Jean Setter

Bio

Marian Jean Setter graduate from nursing school, and shortly thereafter, decided to join the army towards the end of World War II. One of her first assignments was at a base hospital where she began preparing for the invasion of Japan. When the war ended, she began nursing on a hospital train, where she most notably treated returning prisoners of war. She then was sent to Korea for two years shortly after the war ended, treating mostly military, but also some civilians. Following that assignment, she left the military and began civilian nursing for two years, but remained in the reserves. She was recalled into active duty when the Korean War began and became an instructor in medical services. From 1955-1957, she served in Germany, and later furthered her education, and spent quite a bit of time as a nurse recruiter, including during the Vietnam War. In the late 1960s, she spent a year in Korea, where she treated the hostages from the USS Pueblo incident who had recently been released.  Marian retired some years later, retiring as a colonel in 1976.

 

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Basic Training and First Assignment

Marian discusses her experience at basic training and explains her first assignment in a general hospital near Modesto, California. She treated both medical and surgical patients. Many of her patients were injured World War II veterans who had been in the hospital for quite some time.

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Nursing on Medical Evacuation Trains

Marian talks about her second nursing assignment, which was helping to transport World War II prisoners of war from the ports, where they arrived by ship, to hospitals closer to their homes. On these medical trains, she and other nurses would ride with the patients the entire length of the trip, and care for them, and assist them with any needs that they had. She remembers the men being severely malnourished as a result of their time in captivity.

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Serving in Korea with the Army of Occupation

Marian discusses her next assignment, which was to Korea prior to the war. She served for two years at the 34th General Hospital, about twenty five miles north of Seoul, with the Army of the Occupation (later the Army of the Liberation). She remembers the hospital being housed in a former training academy, and says that they were lucky to have an actual facility, rather than living in tents. Her patients were all military, and had some Korean civilians as well.

Tags: Seoul,Civilians,Impressions of Korea,Prior knowledge of Korea,South Koreans,Women

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Second Tour in Korea

Marian remembers her second tour to Korea in the 1960's, where she served as Assistant Chief Nurse at the 121st Evacuation Hospital for five months, and as the Chief Nurse at a hospital in Busan for seven months. She reflects on the difference in Korea from her first assignment, pre-Korean War to her second assignment, post-Korean War. During this assignment, she had much more contact with Korean civilians.

Tags: Busan,Seoul,Civilians,Impressions of Korea,Modern Korea,Orphanage,Poverty,Prior knowledge of Korea,South Koreans,Women

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Treating the Rescued Hostages from the USS Pueblo

Marian recalls a notable experience while serving her second tour of duty in Korea. Upon their release by the North Koreans, she was one of the nurses that cared for the hostages of the USS Pueblo on Christmas Eve 1968. She and her fellow nurses gave each of them physical examinations, treatment if needed, and fed them a Christmas dinner.

Tags: 1968 Pueblo Abduction,Impressions of Korea,North Koreans,POW,Women

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