Ford tough: Former U.S. Army nurse Marta Ford reflects on years of service
Marta Ford feels she is busier these days than she was when she was an active duty member of the Army Nurse Corps in the ’60s. She recently became the first female commander in Newton American Legion Post 111 history, served on the Freedom Flight Committee and is the chair of the Jasper County Commission of Veterans Affairs.
Marta, whose father was a World War II veteran, was an active duty nurse from 1966 to 1969 and also spent nearly three decades as a member of the Army Reserves, where she retired as a lieutenant colonel.
“We were doing our psych affiliation up in Independence, Iowa, and we were playing hearts,” Marta said. “If you lost, you had to sit on the floor. There was a brochure laying there about the Army Nurse Corps, and I picked it up, and I read it and decided, ‘I think that’s what I want to do.’”
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