Navy Nurse Corps
Audrey (Anderson) Pullen is the daughter of a man who literally carved out his niche of fame on Mount Rushmore in South Dakota. From 1927 to 1941 the sculptor Gutzon Borglum and 400 workers sculpted the 60-foot carvings of U.S. Presidents George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln.
Audrey lived at the base of Mount Rushmore while her father, Otto “Red” Anderson worked as one of Borglum’s carvers. She says she lived a “typical childhood,” often climbing the 500 steps leading to the monument to play on the mountain.
Over the years, Audrey became a nurse and enlisted in the U.S. Navy Nurse Corps. In 1945 while living in Denver, Colorado, she met and married Robert Pullen. The couple would settle in Tahlequah, Oklahoma, Robert’s home town.
She is a long-time Tahlequah resident and continued working as a nurse, living a normal American life, but the monument had a lasting effect on her. Audrey says everyone should see it at least once.
Interview with Audrey Pullen
Müllerhaus Legacy Website Team
Date Created: September 16, 2016
Date Published: June 7, 2018
Notes: Recorded by John Erling in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Digital Audio Sound Recording, Non-Music.
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