Nellie G. Marsch

Source: Pocono Record

Lt. Colonel (Ret.) Nellie G. Marsch, 84, of Greentown, died Sunday in Wayne Memorial Hospital, Honesdale.

Born in Greentown, she was the daughter of the late Reuben and Malinda (Sheerer) Marsch. She had resided in Greentown since her retirement in 1972.

A graduate of Abington Memorial Hospital School of Nursing, Philadelphia, she entered the Army Nurse Corps in 1942 and served in World War II, the Korean Conflict, and Vietnam War. She also served aboard the hospital ship the USS Hope. During the Vietnam War, she became chief nurse at Tay Nihn over her objections that being in command would give her fewer opportunities to work directly with patients.

Her awards and medals include the Bronze Star (Vietnam), Army Commendation medal with oak leaf cluster, American Theater Ribbon, Asiatic Pacific Commendation medal, Philippine Liberation medal, World War II Victory medal, Occupation Japan medal, National Defense with oak leaf cluster, and Korean Conflict and Vietnam Service medals.

Nellie was a member of Hemlock Grove United Methodist Church; Phillips-Zacharias-Phillips Post 859 American Legion, Newfoundland; Retired Army Nurse Corps Association; Abington Memorial Hospital Alumni Association; and Pike County Emergency Management Board. She received the Distinguished Alumni Award of the Greene-Dreher Alumni Association.

Surviving are one sister, Doris E. Martin of Greentown; one nephew, Jeffrey A. Martin MD; and one great-niece and great-nephew, Erica and Christopher Marsch Martin.

Funeral services were with full military honors.

Download Nellie's memoirs that were handwritten in July of 1985. Courtesy of her nephew, Dr. Jeffrey Martin.