Miami Valley Veterans Museum June 1 Coffee Featuring

Story of WWII Army Nurse

Provided by Miami Valley Veterans Museum

TROY - The Miami Valley Veterans Museum is proud to share the life story of Army Nurse Mary Rita (Zimmerman) Poeppelman who served during WWII. Rita was born in Ft. Loramie, Ohio, in August of 1920. She graduated from nurses training at St. Elizabeth Hospital, in Dayton, Ohio, in 1940. Rita enlisted as a Second Lieutenant in the Army Nurse Corps and was named Chief Nurse for the German POW hospital located at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky. Rita was chosen for the position because of her ability to speak/understand German. Her unique and powerful story, right through the Battle of the Bulge and beyond, is told in person, and through rarely seen pictures, by her daughter, Lisa Burk.

 

   The Women in the Military exhibit continues this month. Join veterans and spouses at the June 1 Coffee. Miami County Veterans Services are wonderful sponsors for Tim Hortons Donuts and Coffee each month. That
is Wednesday, June 1, 9a.m. Located at 2245 S. County Road 25A.