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WWII Service Around the Globe

Our Men and Women in Service Around the Globe During WWII, December 9, 2017 – August 4, 2018.

Uniforms, letters, and souvenirs share the stories of Harrisonburg-Rockingham men and women who served overseas during the Second World War.

Dora Cline Fechtmann (1913-2006). Dora Cline joined the Navy Nurse Corps in 1942. She served in New Zealand and New Hebrides, often writing consolation letters to the families of men who died in her care. She also enjoyed every opportunity to travel in the Pacific Theater. Cline met Sergeant Fred Fechtmann at Mobile Hospital No. 4. The couple soon petitioned the Navy for permission to wed.

Conrad Franklin Deeds (1923-2018). Deeds became a U.S. Army paratrooper. The 17th Airborne “Golden Talons” Division on this left shoulder of his “Eisenhower” jacket indicates his last combat unit. On his last jumped, his parachute did not open. He survived, and while recuperating in the Valley, he met his wife. Her wedding dress was made from his parachute.