Descriptive Summary

Repository: University of Virginia School of Nursing, Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry

Title: Dianne M. Gagliano Collection
Physical Characteristics: 2.125 linear feet; 03 boxes

Language: English

Collector: Dianne M. Gagliano.

Biographical Information

Col. Dianne M. (White) Gagliano (1944- ) received her first registered-nurse certificate in 1966, granted by the North Carolina Board of Nursing. She subsequently enlisted in the United States Air Force and completed medical officer basic training in 1967, serving for two years as a staff nurse at Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. In 1970, First Lieutenant Gagliano obtained flight nurse certification from the USAF School of Aerospace Medicine at Brooks Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. Shortly afterward she deployed to Vietnam, where she joined air medical and humanitarian missions all over Southeast Asia, including airlifts for prisoners of war and orphaned children, in addition to caring for critically injured troops. She earned a B.A. in Child Development from the School of Education at California State University, Sacramento, in 1979, as well as registered-nurse certifications from New Jersey and Virginia in 1980 and 1991. Gagliano spent 18 years of her 28-year Air Force career as a flight nurse, and beyond her medical responsibilities also developed expertise in training, evaluation, and service coordination initiatives. The Air Force Surgeon General named her to a special staff position in the Medical Readiness and Planning Office of the Surgeon General's command in 1988. Here Gagliano performed analysis and developed policies to increase the efficiency and effectiveness of Air Force medical operations wherever their theater of action. She received numerous military commendations and awards over her career, and retired from the service in 1996.

Scope and Content

The Dianne M. Gagliano Collection contains materials assembled by Gagliano over the course of her military career. These include certificates, commendations, and diplomas, in addition to limited correspondence, publications by Gagliano, and newspaper and journal articles concerning Gagliano and other topics. Supplementary items relate to the Vietnam Women's Memorial Project – campaign materials, correspondence, and news articles – and the Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation. A large collection of photographs includes images from the Vietnam era. Office artifacts – plaques and a desk name plate – complete the collection.

Series Description

Arrangement

The collection is organized alphabetically by subject category. Within each subject division, items are arranged chronologically. Photographs and artifacts complete the collection.

Contents List

CERTIFICATES/DIPLOMAS: AWARDS, RECOGNITION
1973-1996, n.d. Box-Folder: 01-001

CERTIFICATES/DIPLOMAS: NURSING CERTIFICATION
1966, 1980, 1991 Box-Folder: 01-002

CERTIFICATES/DIPLOMAS: TRAINING, COURSE CERTIFICATES
1962-1993 Box-Folder: 01-003

CORRESPONDENCE
1976-2008 Box-Folder: 01-004

MEMORABILIA
1987-1994, n.d. Box-Folder: 01-005

NEWSPAPER ARTICLES: CONCERNING GAGLIANO
1973-1996 Box-Folder: 01-006

NEWSPAPER/JOURNAL ARTICLES: CONCERNING FLIGHT NURSING
1993-94, 2013 Box-Folder: 01-007

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS BY GAGLIANO
1988-1997 Box-Folder: 01-008

PUBLICATIONS BY GAGLIANO: AIR MEDICAL TRANSPORT MANUAL
X Box-Folder: 01-009

PUBLICATIONS BY GAGLIANO: AIR MEDICAL TRANSPORT MANUAL
X Box-Folder: 01-010

RECOLLECTIONS BY GAGLIANO: 1) VIETNAM AIR EVAC MISSIONS, 2) VIETNAM HUMANITARIAN AIR EVAC MISSIONS
2014 Box-Folder: 01-011

RETIREMENT CEREMONY MATERIALS
1996 Box-Folder: 01-012

VIETNAM WOMEN'S MEMORIAL PROJECT: CAMPAIGN MATERIALS
1985-1991, n.d. Box-Folder: 01-013

VIETNAM WOMEN'S MEMORIAL PROJECT: CORRESPONDENCE
1986-1993 Box-Folder: 01-014

VIETNAM WOMEN'S MEMORIAL PROJECT: NEWS ARTICLES
1986-1993 Box-Folder: 01-015

WOMEN IN MILITARY SERVICE FOR AMERICA MEMORIAL FOUNDATION MATERIALS: CALENDARS (2) 2013, 2014; NOTE CARDS
2013, 2014 Box-Folder: 01-016

PHOTOGRAPHS: PORTRAITS AND NEGATIVES (B&W 120 FILM 2 1/4 BY 2 5/8) (COLOR REVERSAL 120 FILM 15/8 BY 2 1/4)
1990, 1996 Box-Folder: 02-001

PHOTOGRAPHS: BASIC TRAINING AND FIRST ASSIGNMENT
1967, n.d. Box-Folder: 02-002

PHOTOGRAPHS: WATER SURVIVAL AND FLIGHT SCHOOL
1970 Box-Folder: 02-003

PHOTOGRAPHS: HAWAII CREW REST STOP
1971 Box-Folder: 02-004

PHOTOGRAPHS: TOKYO, JAPAN
1971 Box-Folder: 02-005

PHOTOGRAPHS: VIETNAM, PLUS DIGITAL MEDIA ONE (1) COMPACT DISC
1971 Box-Folder: 02-006

PHOTOGRAPHS: VIETNAM? (35MM COLOR TRANSPARENCIES AND REPRINTS)
n.d. Box-Folder: 02-007

PHOTOGRAPHS: OPERATION BABYLIFT, MISCELLANEOUS
1974 Box-Folder: 02-008

PHOTOGRAPHS: MISCELLANEOUS
1980s Box-Folder: 02-009

PHOTOGRAPHS: VIETNAM WOMEN'S MEMORIAL
1986-1994, n.d. Box-Folder: 02-010

PHOTOGRAPHS: 35MM NEGATIVES, B&W, UNIDENTIFIED
n.d. Box-Folder: 02-011

Artifacts:

PLAQUE (WOODEN, DECOUPAGE): "FLIGHT NURSES," BY MILFORD E. SHIELDS
n.d. Box-Item: 03-001

PLAQUE (WOODEN, DECOUPAGE): "THE FLIGHT NURSE'S CREED"
n.d. Box-Item: 03-002

PLAQUE (WOODEN, CARVED INSIGNIA): UNITED STATES AIR FORCE MASTER NAVIGATOR WINGS
n.d. Box-Item: 03-003

DESKTOP NAME PLATE, "DIANNE M. GAGLIANO." AUTOGRAPH INSCRIPTION ON BASE: "ALL THE BEST... TO THE BEST! JOHN BOZARTH 1988"
1988 Box-Item: 03-004

CERTIFICATE FOLIO, DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE, USA, EMPTY, (SEE OVERSIZED 04-08-01 AND 04-08-02)
1996 Box-Item: 03-005 (Physical Location CUS)

CERTIFICATES: GAGLIANO, DIANNE, RETIREMENT
1996 OVERSIZED 04-08-01

CERTIFICATES: GAGLIANO, DIANNE, APPRECIATION
1996 OVERSIZED 04-08-02

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Preferred Citation
University of Virginia School of Nursing, Eleanor Crowder Bjoring Center for Nursing Historical Inquiry, Dianne M. Gagliano Collection

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Processed by Henry K. Sharp in 2015.