Oral history interview with Evangeline Patino, 2019. (Computer file, 2019) [Wisconsin Veterans Museum]
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Oral history interview with Evangeline Patino, 2019.

Author: Evangeline Patino; Rachelle M Halaska; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
Edition/Format:   Computer file : CD for computer : English
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In this oral history, Evangeline Patino from Racine, Wisconsin, discusses her service with the U.S. Air Force as a medical administrator from 1970 to 1976, including her time at Clark Air Base on Luzon Island in the Philippines.
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Genre/Form: interviews
sound recordings
Oral histories
Personal narratives
Personal narratives, American
Named Person: Evangeline Patino
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Evangeline Patino; Rachelle M Halaska; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.
OCLC Number: 1123217096
Notes: Digital access files may be available on request.
Event notes: Interviewed by Rachelle M. Halaska on August 2, 2019 in Franksville, Wisconsin.
Description: Security disc 2 audio discs (approximately 1 hr., 27 min.) ; 4 3/4 in. + Transcript (39 pages)

Abstract:

In this oral history, Evangeline Patino from Racine, Wisconsin, discusses her service with the U.S. Air Force as a medical administrator from 1970 to 1976, including her time at Clark Air Base on Luzon Island in the Philippines.

Evangeline Patino grew up in Racine, Wisconsin as one of nine children. Two of her sisters joined the Air Force and two of her brothers joined the Army. Patino signed up for the Air Force after graduating from Washington Park High School in 1970. Patino went to Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, for basic training and discusses makeup classes, making friends, physical training, and enjoying marching. After basic training, Patino went to Wichita Falls, Texas, for medical administrator training. There she did a disaster planning training exercise where she removed patients from a burning plane. Patino spent six months in medical administration school before being assigned to Lackland Air Force Base again. She worked at the information desk at the Wilford Hall Medical Center and recalls when they would check in hundreds of patients from Vietnam in a single day. Patino worked there for two years and discusses crafting in the hobby shop on base and meeting her husband. In December 1972, she was assigned to go to Clark Air Base on Luzon Island in the Philippines. Patino outlines getting to the island and accidentally spending the first night in a hotel that was also a brothel. Patino describes living in town, civilian security around her house, and being able to afford live in help. At Clark Air Force Base, Patino was tasked with reorganizing a huge stockroom of hospital forms and also worked in admissions, record keeping, and drug testing. She describes giving birth to her daughter in the hospital, patients coming in from Vietnam, and GIs selling liquor and cigarettes on the black market. In 1975, Patino and her family were stationed in Offutt, South Dakota, where she worked in records and kept hospital manuals up to date. She discusses service members being put on diet plans, living in Rapid City, South Dakota, and her husband's work in a MASH unit. Patino was discharged from the military in 1976. Her husband got orders to Greece and she describes flying over there with her son when he was only a few days old. She lived there for about a year before moving back to her mother's house in Racine with her son and daughter. She worked on an assembly line in a factory before using her GI Bill to earn a degree in human services from Gateway Technical College. After she graduated she worked for Racine Unified School District for twenty years as a teaching assistant. Patino reflects on the camaraderie she experienced in the military and enjoying her time in the Philippines. Patino states that she is a member of the American Legion and participated in a veteran horseback riding program in Illinois.

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