Veteran resident Lillian Turner then and now
Miss Lillian Turner joined the U.S. Army when she was 22 years old. She says she wasn’t about to be the only one left on the farm in Colorado. Her one brother and sister joined the Coast Guard and the other brother joined the army.
She graduated from nursing school shortly before joining the Army. On her way to Japan to be a nurse, the war ended and she was sent to the Philippines. While there, she cared for released prisoners of war. She not only took care of their health needs but helped them with letters, telling them the latest news from the States and helped them to get clothes to return home in.
After the war ended, she was the Dean of Women’s Studies at the University of Alaska. She also continued her duties as a nurse.
When the Vietnam War started, she joined up again. She spent five years training nurses, caring for orthopedic and burn patients. When she completed her time in the Army, she moved to Utah and became a Physician’s Assistant.
She was the last woman from Wyoming to take the Honor Flight to Washington D.C. She was 93 years old at that time.
She feels she didn’t do anything special during her time of service. She tells us it was just something that needed to be done and she was able and willing to do the job.
Miss Lillian continues to help and care for her fellow resident in ways she is able on a daily basis. She is a very loved and respected member of our Primrose of Casper family.
Composed by Lori Howard
Life Enrichment Coordinator
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