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George R. and Laura E. Nehls collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 08.0113

Scope and Contents

This collection is related to U.S. Army Captain George R. Nehls and 1st Lieutenant Laura E. Nehls who served in the Medical Corps during World War II. George served with Company "H", 136th Medical Regiment, 34th Infantry Division. This collection contains personal papers, letters, financial documents, military documents, books, army publications including training manuals, artifacts, artifacts, and uniform pieces from George R. and Laura E. Nehls during their World War II service. The collection also contains a three-page interview transcript, and photograph, of Robert Perry Teeple, brother of Laura E. Nehls, who served with the 86th Fighter-Bomber Group in Italy during World War II, was wounded and subsequently became a German POW.


  • 1940-1996
  • Other: Date acquired: 05/06/2008


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open to all researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to quote, publish, broadcast or otherwise reproduce from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Associate Dean for Special Collections & Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Florida State University Libraries as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the researcher.

Biographical or Historical Information

George R. Nehls served in the United States Army before and during World War II in the 105th Medical Battalion, 22nd Medical Regiment, and 136th Medical Regiment under the 34th Division. George began his service as enlisted and earned the rank of sergeant before attending Officer Candidate School and commissioning in the U.S. Army Medical Corps. George held a variety of roles in his career, including surgeon's assistant and was an instructor for a variety of training courses, ultimately reaching the rank of 1st Lieutenant and serving in the European Theater of Operations.

Laura E. Nehls, maiden name Teeple who was also nicknamed "Betty," served in the medical corps working at McCloskey General Hospital, where she met George. She became a Register Nurse on December 16, 1940 and entered service on December 18, 1942. She worked in the medical, orthopedics, and dental wards with Americans, German POWs, and Italian POWs. Unfortunately, Laura contracted tuberculosis and was hospitalized at the end of the war. She was subsequently ruled by the U.S. Army as retired with disability due to her military service and received authorized benefits. She separated from service on August 31, 1945.  George and Laura were married on December 9, 1945 in Minneapolis, MN.

Laura was born on December 20, 1918, and passed away on January 28, 2016. George was born on November 9, 1917 and passed away on May 18, 2005. Both Laura and George are buried in Arlington National Cemetery.


9 boxes

13 items (13 maps)

1 articles

Language of Materials


Custodial History

This collection was donated by Nancy Nehls Nelson, daughter of George R. and Laura E. Nehls. The collection was acquired by the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience on May 6, 2008.

Custodial History

Transferred from the Institute on World War II and the Human Experience to FSU Libraries Special Collections & Archives in July 2022.

George R. and Laura E. Nehls collection
Brianna McLean
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Repository Details

Part of the FSU Special Collections & Archives Repository

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