This section contains materials about the World War I military service of Clarence James Hansen and the nursing service of his sister Ruth Hansen Bruerton. This site contains journals that Hansen kept while training at Camp Stanley, Leon Springs, Texas, and also at the Saumar Artillery School, Saumaur, France. Hansen joined the 342nd Artillery Brigade, fought in France, and was part of the occupying force in Germany. The photographs taken by Clarence James Hansen during his service as a Lieutenant in the United States Army from 1915-1919 are available in the Gary B. Hansen Photograph Collection.
Ruth Hansen Bruerton reported to Camp Bowie, Fort Worth, Texas, to enter military nursing service at an Army hospital. In April 1918, Bruerton, together with five other nurses, traveled to New York and sailed to Liverpool, England. She served at Sheffield Warrencliff War Hospital where she took care of convalescing British soldiers for about a month. She then traveled to Rouen, France and took care of German and other prisoners.