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In Her Own Words: World War One Heroine Maud Fitch

Ambulance cars awaiting orders in the snow.

As part of UPR’s Women 20/20 series, we applaud the women of Utah who have chipped away at barriers to jobs previously done only by men.  

We look back at a 35-year-old woman from Eureka, Utah, who drove and maintained an ambulance truck on the front lines in France in WWI. Maud Fitch sailed for France in March 1918.  By May, she was attached to the French army and was driving wounded soldiers from the front lines to hospitals in the rear.


Maud wrote 228 letters home. We pick up the story on June 1 first.


Music credit belongs to APM Music - Cézame Music Ulysses for the French National Anthem, and to George M. Cohan and Billy Murray for “Over There.”  

Kirsten grew up listening to Utah Public Radio in Smithfield, Utah and now resides in Logan. She has three children and is currently producing Utah StoryCorps and working as the Saturday morning host on UPR. Kirsten graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor's degree History in 2000 and dual minors in Horticulture and German. She enjoys doing voice work, reading, writing, drawing, teaching children, and dancing. Major credits include StoryCorps, Utah Works, One Small Step, and the APTRA award-winning documentary Ride the Rails.
Mary got hooked on oral histories while visiting Ellis Island and hearing the recorded voices of immigrants that had passed through. StoryCorps drew her to UPR. After she retired from teaching at Preston High, she walked into the station and said she wanted to help. Kerry put her to work taking the best 3 minutes out of the 30 minute interviews recorded in Vernal. Passion kicked in. Mary went on to collect more and more stories and return them to the community on UPR's radio waves. Major credits to date: Utah Works, One Small Step, and the award winning documentary Ride the Rails.