Regina Schiffman

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Regina Helen Schiffman, LTC.(Ret.), U.S Army Nurse Corps. was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Nov. 16, 1924 to Abraham & Jennie Schiffman. She graduated from West Phila. High School & entered nurses training at the Hahneman Hospital School Of Nursing. Upon graduation, she began as an operating room nurse at the Presbyterian Medical Center in NYC. After three years of Neurosurgical Nursing work there she decided to make a career in the U.S.Army. A year after she enlisted, the U.S. was at war in Korea, & in the summer of 1951 she found herself working in the operating room of the 8063rd. M.A.S.H unit in Korea. Conditions were primitive in both the Operating Room (tent), as well as in her tent for living. A pot-bellied stove for heat, & her helmet for bathing, but she grew strength from the selflessness of her mission & the camaraderie of her fellow nurses, physicians & soldiers.Before retiring after 21 years of service she served at Brooke Army Medical Center BAMC), Fort Sam Houston, Texas, Letterman General Hospital, San Francisco, Valley Forge General Hospital, Pennsylvania, 8063rd. Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), Korea, Aberdeen Proving Grounds, Maryland, Walter Reed Medical Center, Washington, D.C., Landstuhl & Frankfort Germany, Japan, & Ft. Benning, Georgia. During her career she was awarded The Korean Service Medal, United nations Service medal, National Defense Service Medal W/1 oak leaf cluster, & The Meritorious Service Medal. While serving in the Army, she also completed her Master's Degree in Nursing at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas, & graduated Magna Cum Laude. She retired in San Antonio, Texas where she lived in Windcrest, & finally at the Army Residence Community. During her retirement she traveled all around the world on 56 ocean cruises. Regina (Jean) is survived by her two Brothers, Dr. Paul A. Schiffman of Tucson, Arizona, Sy Schiffman of Sunrise Beach, Texas, Nephew, Dr. Mark E. Schiffman of Provincetown, Mass., Niece, Carole J. Kjellander of Ashland, Wisconsin, Niece, Elizabeth Schiffman Watson, of Falmouth, Mass., & Nephew, Dr. Michael Schiffman of Allentown, Pennsylvania. Viewing will be at The Sunset Funeral Home, 1701 Austin Hwy., San Antonio, Texas at 9:30a.m. on Thursday 7/24/14. A service with Full Military Honors will be held at the Fort Sam Houston National Cemetery following the viewing. Condolences may be offered at

Published in Express-News on July 20, 2014
Serving with the 8063 Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH), Korea (9/1951) In uniform standing in front of a stone monument, Korea (9/1951) Helicopter transport while serving with 8063 MASH Unit Regina H. Schiffman
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