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Nancy Tarter Oral History

Identifier: OH237

Scope and Contents

The interview provides information and personal observations about Nancy Tarter experiences with the 10th Mountain Division during World War II: Nancy worked in the Signal Corps but had worked for the Associated Press as a telephone/telegraph operator -- she recalls one story of her husband sneaking back from a training exercise to spend a night with her, which was a court martial offense; .being assigned to Alamogordo, N.M. she wrote the first story, dictated to her by General Arnold, about the atomic bomb for Time/Life; the hardship endured when she and her husband left Camp Hale, Colo., where temperatures reached 60-below zero, to be assigned to Camp Swift, Tex., with temperatures reaching 110 degrees and above.


  • 1994


Language of Materials

Material is in English unless otherwise noted.

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Copyright is retained by the author of the items in this collection, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical / Historical

Nancy Wilhelmina Simmons was born on March 6, 1920 in Wenatchee, Wash. She worked as a telephone and telegraph operator for the Associated Press and was married to Darrel P. Tarter (1912-2012) prior to his enlistment in the Army on May 3, 1943 at Portland, Or. Darrel and Nancy Tarter served together at Camp Hale, Colo., Camp Swift, Tex., and Almagordo and White Sands, N.M. Darrel Tarter was a soldier and ski instructor with the Company A, 85th Mountain Infantry Regiment, the Mountain Training Group, and the 10th Mountain Cavalry Reconnaissance Troop. He later received the Distinguished Service Award from the National Association of the Army, 10th Mountain Division (1998) and was inducted into the Oregon Military Hall of Fame (2008). Nancy and Darrel Tarter were married for 69 years until her death on October 25, 2011 in Portland, Or.


1 sound cassettes

Other Finding Aids

Typed index available.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift;Georgianne Contiguglia;2000.


Topic of tape: The Women and Wives of Camp Hale.

Linking Entry Complexity Note

Forms part of the 10th Mountain Division Resource Center Collection.

Finding Aid for the Nancy Tarter oral history,April 9, 1994
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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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