Contemporary portrait of 1st Lt. Doris M. Garnder in white ARMY Nurse Corps uniform.
1st Lt. Doris Gardner
U.S. ARMY Nurse Corps
USS Comfort
San Pedro, California
April, 1943
Age 23


Story: Aboard the USS Comfort, 1945 →

Doris Howard
Change of Command Ceremony
USNS Comfort
Baltimore, Maryland
July, 2010
Age 90


Story: Aboard the USNS Comfort, 2010 →
Lt. Doris M. Gardner, ANC, handpainted nameplate
Doris's hand-painted name plate from 1942.


Doris introduced as a special guest by Assembly Member Chris Edwards of Las Vegas
Floor of the Nevada State Assembly
Military & Veterans Day, 3/20/2019
Three days before her 99th birthday
(The "60th celebration of her 39th birthday," as Assembly Member Edwards put it)


I was excited to be at the Legislature to honor veterans on Military Day. When Assemblyman Edwards got up to speak and mentioned someone special he wanted to introduce, I looked around anxious to see who this might be. When I heard my name I was floored! I wanted to crawl under his desk! One of my hearing aids went out and I wasn't able to hear all he said, but then I was really astonished when the clapping started and I looked up and there everyone was on their feet! For me!

And then I realized that they were clapping for all the veterans of Nevada, old and young, female and male, all those who gave so selflessly to give so much to our country. I, too, thank each and every veteran and am so grateful for their service, their sacrifice and that of their families.

A big thank you to Assemblyman Edwards who was great to speak with that day and who did a wonderful job of researching my life and recounting it in a unique and humbling way.

It was wonderful to see so many people. I've never shaken so many hands in my life! A lot of people took photos with me near my biography and portrait in the lobby of the Admin building with 13 other wonderful women veterans. I was delighted to see all of them.

Here's a recap of the day in the Nevada Department of Veteran Services article,
"If It's Veterans and Military Day, It Must Be Carson City." →


Doris' 99th Birthday Celebration Dinner After Cirque du Soleil Larger.

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Saying good bye to younger brother of 12 years, Les Gardner, 10/10/18 (98½).

Doris honored with 13 other women whose life and stories were presented by the Reno VA My Life/My Story, with portraits by the photography group, in association with Reno is Artown, July 2018 (98).
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Secretary of Veterans Affairs O'Rourke and Disabled American Veterans [DAV] National Commander Metcalf-Foster honoring women veterans in Reno.
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At the statue of Caduceus in Sedona, Arizona, Christmas, 2017.
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Doris Howard celebrating her 95th birthday at home, with friends and family, March 2015. Larger.

"Doris Howard at home in Reno, NV," photographed by Tim Dunn, Reno Gazette Journal, 7/2/2010, age 90. Larger.
Reno Gazette Journal article, 7/14/2010:

Reno Nurse, 90, Recalls Kamikaze Attack on Hospital Ship, page 1. [pdf]

Reno Nurse, 90, Recalls Kamikaze Attack on Hospital Ship, page 2. [pdf]

RGJ archive [paywall].