World War II nurse among honorees in Moorestown virtual ceremony

Kimberly Adams
May 24, 2020 - 6:27 pm
LaVonne Camp, a Moorestown resident who served in the military as a nurse during World War II, will be honored by Moorestown in a virtual Memorial Day ceremony.

Courtesy of LaVonne Camp

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MOORESTOWN, N.J. (KYW Newsradio) — Women who served in the military will be honored at a Moorestown virtual Memorial Day ceremony, including a nurse who served during World War II. 

"When we got to the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco, it was the most glorious day of my life to see my own country. We cried," remembered LaVonne Camp.

The homecoming for Moorestown’s 96-year-old Camp in 1946 is just one highlight in her military career as a nurse in World War II. She served in several hospitals in the Pacific theater.

“It helped me to grow," Camp recalled. "I saw parts of the parts of the world that were very foreign to me. It was a enriching experience."

Camp wrote a book about her experiences a few years ago, titled "Lingering Fever." She’ll be honored at Moorestown's virtual Memorial Day tribute, which will stream live on their Parks and Recreation website and Facebook page Monday, May 25.

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"She's a real treasure in our midst," said Mayor Nicole Gillespie. "We're so lucky to have someone who can keep those memories alive."

Retired Air Force Colonel Linda Carskadon will introduce Camp. 

"The World War II nurses were my inspiration," she said.

And Camp is honored to be recognized.

"I'm very glad that this generation can remember the people that served and tried to make a better world," she expressed. "I just looked outside my window and I saw someone had planted an American flag, which is a very touching thing."

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CORRECTION: An earlier version of the story mistakenly referred to Moorestown's mayor as Nicole Bass, rather than Gillespie.