Bibliography of Military Nurses in Viet Nam
~Marilyn Knapp Litt



Bullet for references I have Celebration of Patriotism and Courage.  (Commemorative Dedication Book)

Washington DC: Vietnam Women’s Memorial Project, 1993.  A magazine prepared for the dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial that includes essays by nurses. 

Connections, Newsletter of the William Joiner Center for the Study of War and Social Consequences. 

University of Massachusetts at Boston, June 1990.

Newsweek.  "Women Vets." 

Nov 12, 1984.

Bullet for references I have "Not on the Front Line"

1991 Video, Nebraska ETV.  30 min. with nurses, entertainers, and Donut Dollys.

Vietnam. "Personality."

By David V. Pyle, April 1995.  An article about Captain Mary Klinker and the C-5a Babylift crash.

Bullet for references I have Vietnam Women's Memorial: A Commemorative 

Published January 1997.  This is book of short biographies of women who served, civilian and military, stewardesses to nurses. Orders to: Vietnam Women's Memorial, Turner Publishing Company, Paducah, KY

Bullet for references I have Anderson, Donald. "Visions of War, Dreams of Peace: A Conversation with Joan Furey.

War, Literature & the Arts Vol. 11, Number 2, Fall-Winter 1999

Baker, Rodney R. 1989. "The Military Nurse Experience in Vietnam: Stress and Impact."

 Journal of Clinical Psychology 45(5): 736-744.

Bullet for references I have Beesley, Stanley W.  Vietnam: The Heartland Remembers.   

Norman, Ok.: University of Oklahoma Press, 1987. pp. 8-9, 108, 157, 187.   A few short essays by Marguerite Giroux who was a nurse with the Third Surgical Hospital, Bien Hoa, 1965-66. She discusses her service in Vietnam and coming home.

Bullet for references I have Bigler, Philip. Hostile Fire: The Life and Death of First Lieutenant Sharon Lane. 

Arlington, Va.: Vandamere Press, 1996.

Bullet for references I have Breuer, William B.  War and American Women : Heroism, Deeds, and Controversy

Contains stories from nurses who served. (Chapter 10) Praeger Pub Trade: March 1, 1997

Cammermeyer, Margarethe with Chris Fisher.  Serving in Silence

Biography.   A chapter of this book deals with her Vietnam service.  Penguin: October 1995

Bullet for references I have Deardorf, Barbara and Diane DuPont, Linda Goodheart, Rhona Prescott, Ann Thompson. Another Kind Of War Story: Army Nurses Look Back To Vietnam. 

Bullet for references I have Edelman, Bernard, ed. Dear America: Letters Home from Vietnam.

New York: Dutton, 1967.  Two letters from Lynda Van Devanter who was a nurse with the 71st Evac- Pleiku, and the 67th Evac -Qui Nhon, June 1969-70. pp. 195-196, 232-234.   One letter from Sharon Lane, her last letter. She was a nurse with 312th Evac - Chu Lai, April 1969 -June 1969. pp 312-314.

Bullet for references I have Freedman, Dan, and Jacquelin Rhoads, editors.  Nurses in Vietnam: The Forgotten Veterans.

Austin, Tex.: Texas Monthly, Press, 1987.

Bullet for references I have Hansel, Sarah, and Ann Steidle, Grace Zaczek, and Ron Zaczek, editors.  Soldier's Heart: Survivors' Views of Combat Trauma

A collection of prose, poetry, and art by veterans, male and female.

Hampton, Lynn.  The Fighting Strength: Memoirs of a Combat Nurse in Vietnam.

New York: Warner, 1992.

Bullet for references I have Hansen, J.T.; A. Susan Owen and Michael Patrick Madden.  Parallels: The Soldiers' Knowledge and the Oral History of Contemporary Warfare 

Includes the story of nurse Nikki Nicol. Published by Aldine De Gruyter: March 1992

Bullet for references I have Hendrix, John-Michael.  To Have and to Hold 

A scout pilot's memoir which is also about his courtship with a nurse from the 85th Evac.  Emerald City Publishing

Hendrickson, Paul. The Living and the Dead : Robert McNamara and Five Lives of a Lost War 

Includes an interview with a nurse. Published September 1996.

Bullet for references I have Hovis, Bobbi. Station Hospital Saigon: A Navy Nurse in Vietnam, 1963-1964.

Annapolis Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1991.

Kelley, William E., editor.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and the War Veteran Patient (Brunner Mazel Psychosocial Stress, Vol 5) 

Essays including one on women in Vietnam. I'm assuming it mentions nurses. 1985.

Bullet for references I have Marshall, Kathryn.  In the Combat Zone: An Oral History of American Women in Vietnam, 1966-1975.

Boston: Little, Brown, 1987.  Collection of interviews with women who served

Bullet for references I have MacPherson, MyraLong Time Passing: Vietnam and the Haunted Generation, New York: Doubleday, 1984.  

There is a chapter titled "The Women Who Went" which contains interviews with several nurses.

Bullet for references I have Maurer, Harry. Strange Ground: Americans in Vietnam, 1945-1975: An Oral History. NY: Holt, 1989. Paperback 1990.

  Includes a section on a nurse, Jane Piper.

Moore, Constance J. Oral History Reflections of Army Nurse Vietnam Veterans: Managing the Demanding Experience of War. 

MA thesis, San Jose State U. Unpublished.

Norman, Elizabeth M. After the Casualties: Vietnam Nurses' Identities and Career Decisions

Reprinted in Journal of Military Nursing and Research. Vol. 1 No. 3, pp25 - 29, 1995.

Norman, Elizabeth M.  Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder In Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam During the War Years 1965-1973.

Reprinted in Journal of Military Nursing and Research. Vol. 1 No. 1, 18-22, 1995.

Norman, Elizabeth M.  Nurses in War: A Study of Female Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam During the War Years 1965-1973.

PhD dss, NYU, 1986.

Bullet for references I have Norman, Elizabeth MWomen at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam.

Philadelphia: University of Pensylvania Press, 1990.

Nuland, Sherwin B.  The Face of Mercy: A Photographic History of Medicine at War.

New York: Random House, 1993.

Bullet for references I have O'Neill, Susan. Don't Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam

New York: Random House, 2001.  One of the few works of fiction.

Bullet for references I have Palmer, LauraShrapnel in the Heart. 

New York: Random House, 1987. Includes an interview with an army nurse. Not to be missed.  (see the website)

Bullet for references I have Palmer, Laura. 1993. "How to Bandage a War: The Nurses of Vietnam Still Wounded." 

_New York Times Magazine_ November 7: 36-43, 68, 72-73.

Bullet for references I have Powell, Mary ReynoldsA World of Hurt: Between Innocence & Arrogance in Vietnam.

Cleveland: Greenleaf Book, 2000.

Bullet for references I have Rothblum, Esther D. and Ellen Cole, editors.    Silenced Trauma: Twelve Feminist Therapists and Activists Respond to One Woman's Recovery From War 

About a recovering alcoholic and Vietnam veteran with PTSD who was a Navy nurse. It is not about one patient with twelve therapists! Other than the woman's own therapist, the essayists are responding with the program each would suggest based on the case notes they were given. I found it quite interesting. Originally published as A Woman's Recovery From the Trauma of War and also as Women & Therapy, Volume 5, Number 1, Spring 1986

Bullet for references I have Santoli, Al. Everything We Had.  

New York: Ballentine Books, 1982. Includes a very interesting interview with an army nurse.

Bullet for references I have Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann. The Healer’s War.  New York: Bantom Books, 1988.

A sci-fi/fanatsy novel about a nurse in Vietnam, which Scarborough was.

Bullet for references I have Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann.  An interview with a Vietnam nurse : Elizabeth Ann Scarborough author of The healer's war. 

New York : Bantam, [1989?] 1 folded sheet (4 p.) : port. ; 22 cm. "Interview with the author issued by Bantam Books in leaflet form as promotion for the novel." Call Number: PS3569.C324H43 1989 -LaSalle University, Connelly Library, 1900 W. Olney Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199

Schnaier, Jenny A.: Women Vietnam Veterans and Their Mental Health Adjustment: A Study of Their Experiences and Post-Traumatic Stress. 

Master Thesis University of Maryland 1982. Ph.D. dissertation. In vol. 2 of Trauma and its Wake, ed. Charles Figley. New York: Brunner & Mazel; 1986.

Bullet for references I have Smith, WinnieAmerican Daughter Gone to War: On the Front Lines With an Army Nurse in Vietnam. 

New York: Morrow, 1992.  A very good autobiography, one of the top books here.

Bullet for references I have Sonnenberg, Stephen M., M.D.,  Blank, Arthur S., Jr., M.D., Talbott, John A., M.D. editors. The Trauma of War: Stress and Recovery in Viet Nam Veterans. 

Washington D.C.: American Psychiatric Press, 1985.

Spelts, Doreen. 1986. "Nurses Who Served---And Did Not Return."

 American Journal of Nursing 86(9): 1035-1037.

Stanton-Bandiero, M. P. War Experience For Nurse Veterans: A Secondary Data Analysis. 

Journal of Military Nursing and Research. Vol. 2 No. 1, pp12 - 17, 1996.

 Stretch RH, Vail JD, Maloney JP. Posttraumatic stress disorder among Army Nurse Corps Vietnam veterans.

Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology ,1985 Oct; 53 (5):704-708.

Bullet for references I have Van Devanter, Lynda. Home Before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam.

New York: Beaufort Books, 1983.   This excellent autobiography should be your starting place, as it was for many of the authors on this list.

Bullet for references I have Van Devanter, Lynda and Furey, Joan, editors. Visions of War, Dreams of Peace : Writings of Women in the Vietnam.  

New York: Warner Books, 1991  Don’t overlook this important resource.

Bullet for references I have Walker, Keith. A Piece of My Heart: The Stories of 26 American Women Who Served in Vietnam. 

Novato, Calif.: Presidio Press, 1985.  Includes interviews with nurses.

Bullet for references I have White, Ellen Emerson. The Road Home 

Point Signature: November 1995.  A novel about a nurse by a non-veteran.  If you read it, you will not question its inclusion here. 

Bullet for references I haveZeinert, Karen. The Valiant Women of the Vietnam War

Brookfield, CT: The Millbrook Press: 2000.  Young Adult book that can be read by anyone for an overview of all the women who served.  Includes interviews.


Thank you to Sandra Wittman for providing the backbone and starting point of this bibliography with her bibliography:
Vietnam: The Women's Experience

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My Vietnam Related Websites:
Women in Vietnam ~ Read about ALL the women who served . . .
The Irish on the Wall ~ An effort to locate the Irish who died in Vietnam
Tim O'Brien's Home Page ~ National Book Award Winner and Americal Vet
Emily's Poetry ~ By a Red Cross Donut Dolly
Shrapnel in the Heart ~ The most moving book you will read on Vietnam
All About Vietnam    ~ An annotated bibliography of books about Vietnam for sale thru Amazon Worldwide!
Battle Dressing ~
Project Hearts and Minds ~ Help put Viet Nam back together
Photos from a Holts' Military History Tour ~ My trip to Vietnam, February 1998

My Other Websites:
Maybe Later . . . ~ My Creative Nonfiction
Irish in Korea ~ Irish men and women who gave their lives in the Korean War
Literature of the Korean War ~ Don't let the literature be forgotten
Samuel Pepys ~ One of my favorite authors
Chicago Theatre Z - A ~ This is the best theater town in the country!
Soccer Literature ~ I'm a fan and I read
O'Leary Lantern ~ Fire! Fire! Fire!
Gil Thorp ~ THE Coach (apologies to The General!)
Poetry of the First World War ~ Owen, Hardy and others
Chi-COW-go ~ Cowz plus Commentary (this used to be a cow town)
Graham Fulton, Scottish Poet ~ Charles Manson Auditions for the Monkees

Other Important Websites:
The Truth About Caroline ~ a  really good Young Adult book by my niece, Stacey M. Lane Grosh
Remember Oklahoma City ~  The Civil Service and Military will NEVER forget!
Milton L. Olive III ~ Posthumous Medal of Honor Recipient

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