Dr. Eleanor Ardel Vietti

Vietnam, 1957-1962

Dr. Eleanor Ardel ViettiDr. Eleanor Ardel Vietti was born November 5, 1927 in Fort Worth, Texas. He father worked for a large oil company as a geologist and had to travel for work. As a result, the first fourteen years of Ardel’s life were spent in Bogota, Colombia. It was while living in this country that she developed her passion to do humanitarian work.

After graduation from Houston High School, Ardel attended Rice Institute, then took one summer’s study at Nyack Missionary College. She had always wanted to be a medical doctor, so the next step was the University of Texas and medical school from 1950-1954. Internship for Ardel was at Chicago’s South Shore Hospital for the next year, followed by residency practice at Wichita Falls, TX, General Hospital from 1955-1956.

Applying to the C&MA because she felt called of God to be a missionary, Ardel had to confess to little theological, linguistic, or teaching background. She answered in honesty and faith, believing that the Lord would lead and undertake. Her “C&MA home service” consisted of summer work on the Mexican border and at Pinecrest, Arkansas. In spite of all this, plus a borderline weight condition, she was certified for appointment to the Banmethuot Leprosarium in Vietnam.

Going about her duties as their staff physician, she was captured in a night raid by the Viet Cong in May 30, 1962 along with two other missionaries: Dan Gerber and Archie Mitchell.

None of the missionaries were ever found and were eventually declared dead.

Taken in part from the International Ministries personnel files.

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