Elizabeth Forte


Elizabeth Forte grew up in Kingston, N.Y., and enrolled in the Cadet Nursing Corps at the age of 17. While training in New York City, she remembered being in Times Square for V-J Day. Forte became a public health nurse in New York and Massachusetts, and married Michael Forte, an officer in the Air Force Reserves, in 1952. She tells of her husband’s meeting with “space race” pioneer Werner Von Braun, and her own adventures in Germany during the Berlin crisis in 1961.

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