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Women/War/Work:
American Women and the U.S. Military in the 20th Century

at the Massachusetts Historical Society
August 20 and 21, 2004

Vietnam panels include 

Ann Kelsey, Associate Director, Learning Resource Center, County College of Morris, N.J.
"War Zone Diversions: An Overview of Women Volunteers in Civilian Staffed Recreation Programs in Vietnam."


Roundtable: Women Who Served (including)
Susan O'Neill, served in Vietnam;
Mary Quinn, served in Korea and Vietnam;

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Productions of A PIECE OF MY HEART:  
(Please send info on any productions.)

 

Are You A Purple Heart Recipient? 

The Womens' Memorial Foundation has been given a grant by the Military Order of the Purple Heart to develop information about military women who are Purple Heart recipients. The data will include some information about the recipient, date of the award, and description of the incident resulting in injury and award of the medal. 

If you are a woman who received the Purple Heart or know of a woman who did, please contact our Chief Historian Dr. Judy Bellafaire at 703-533-1155, 800-222-2294 or by e-mail at curators@womensmemorial.org

Research Project: You Can Help!

 
Did you serve as a Nurse or Medic or were you a patient at the 67th Evac Hospital in Qui Nhon between June '69 and May ''71?
 
If so, e-mail Pat Riegsecker at: riegsecker@iquest.net
Thanks for your assistance!

LOOKING FOR NURSES IN WESTERN WASHINGTON STATE (NOT JUST VIETNAM VETERANS - ALL NURSES)


The title of the master project is "Nurses and Caregivers from Birth to Death: The Real Images" and need to stay in the state of Washington for the present project, may expand out later. Need nurses from all disciplines, including veteran nurses from any war!! The nurses photographed in black and white will receive copies of photos on completion and will be asked to sign a model release. Nurses will also be asked what they believe nurses public images are today in comparison to previous years. All nurses are encouraged to send me their feelings about what they feel a nurse's image is in regards to the public and the physicians they have contact with. I am including nurses from all cultures and races and diversity is a very important part of this project as well. I can come to the nurses homes or weather permitting a park or location in their area. I am also photographing nurses in their place of work. I will be doing this project for the next 12 to 14 months and hope it ends with a photo show and eventually a book. 

Neva Drake neva.drake@verizon.net 

Nurses Wanted

My name is Kara D. Vuic, and I am a doctoral candidate in U.S. history at Indiana University. I am currently writing my dissertation on the subject of military nurses who served in-country during the Vietnam War. In particular, I am interested in two things: first, how the military recruited and utilized female nurses based on what it believed that ideal nurses were to be (questions of femininity, career development, education - all things in debate in the 1960s and 1970s), and second, how the nurses interpreted the ways the military portrayed and utilized them (what were their goals in becoming military nurses, how did they create their own roles in the military).

A large part of my dissertation will center around oral history interviews with nurses, and from the interviews I have already done, this will be the most fulfilling and interesting part of my work. I am currently arranging more interviews with nurses. I plan to visit several different regions of the country in order to visit with as many women as possible. Although I am still determining where I will need to go, I am planning to attend the ANCA convention in San Antonio this May. I have spoken with Bev Davis, one of the coordinators, and she has distributed my information to several nurses. Since there are many Vietnam nurse veterans in the San Antonio area, this will also be an excellent opportunity for me to do interviews with nurses in the area. Aside from the interviews, I am also distributing a questionnaire, and I would be more than willing to send one to as many nurses as would be willing to complete one. I can send the questionnaire, the consent form required by IU, and a stamped envelope so that everything can be returned to me.

I would appreciate hearing from nurses from anywhere in the country (for both interviews and the questionnaire), but I would also like to hear from nurses in the San Antonio area who would be willing to meet me in May. 

Thank you,
Kara D. Vuic
karddixo@indiana.edu

614-231-9094

The Sharon Ann Lane Foundation

The Sharon Ann Lane Foundation will honor her memory among the people of Vietnam by erecting a Medical Clinic near the site of her service.  The cost of the Clinic is 30,000 USD. Will you consider honoring Sharon Ann Lane, Nurse, Humanitarian and exemplary American by helping to complete this Clinic in her memory for the villagers of Tam Hiep commune, Chu Lai, Nui Thanh District, Quang Nam Province, Vietnam?

 

Women's Overseas Service League  Women's Overseas Service League

The San Francisco chapter is looking for members, either civilian or military.   Contact mnerli@HotMail.com for more information.  

REUNIONS

Navy Nurse Reunion

NNCA Reunion 2004 will be held in Williamsburg, Virginia, May 9-15,2004. If you are an active, retired, reserve or former Navy nurse and would like to join the Navy Nurse Corps Association and attend the reunion, please contact  usnodu@aol.com.

Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association Annual Convention

You are cordially invited to attend the 58th Annual Convention of the Women's Army Corps Veterans' Association. Come join us as we express our motto, ARMY WOMEN ALWAYS.

The convention will be held from 26 to 29 August 2004, at the Sheraton Braintree in Braintree, Massachusetts. 

Howard Co. (IN) Vietnam Vets Reunion

Held annually in September

This Indiana reunion always attracts a number of women VN veterans.

Melbourne, Florida Annual Vietnam and All Veterans Reunion 

Held annually in April

321-255-4307

RESEARCH REQUESTS

Anyone who was in the Meyerkord BOQ in Saigon during Tet 68 

(January 28, 1968 through February 8, 1968), please contact . This is in regard to actions by Chief Warrant Officer Mary Bender inside the Meyerkord during the Tet Offensive. Her son is trying to assemble documentation for award of a posthumous Silver Star.

(If anyone knows of ANY woman awarded the Silver Star during Vietnam, please also contact Ann.)

 History Channel Documentary

Adam Law, a researcher with Broadway Video in New York City is working on a Veterans Day special for the Department of Education and the History Channel. They are looking for civilian and military veterans of all wars to tell their stories for possible inclusion in the program. The need is immediate, as production starts imminently. Contact Adam by phone or email, if you are interested in participating and please spread the word to others. Remember they are looking for women and men from all conflicts. Adam's phone number is 212-603-0690, e-mail is alaw@broadwayvideo.com>

Oral History Project of the Vietnam Archive
Texas Tech University
Special Collections Library
Room 108
Lubbock, TX 79409-1041

They are aggressively seeking women to tell their stories.

Need Information for a Poetry Bibliography

I am working on a bibliography about women poets of the Vietnam War, specifically women who served, which I will be putting online. (Vietnamese women, and women who just dropped by the war -such as Grace Paley, are beyond the scope of this project.)

I am looking for bibliographic information, as complete as you have it on:

  • chapbooks of poetry

  • anthologies that include their work

  • literary criticism of their poetry

  • reviews of their poetry

Please email the   <G> Thank you!

Study of Military Women Vietnam Veterans

Health study by the Department of Veterans' Affairs

Request from the Webmaster

I am looking for any Vietnam veterans (male or female) who live in England.  I have had some requests from schools for speakers.

And I am looking for Marilyn McMahon's poetry books, Work in Progress and Work in Progress II.  Thank you.

Find Other Women Like You!

LOOKING FOR . . . ?
Sign the Women in Vietnam Guest Book/Locator Service!

People have actually been reunited by this small guest book.   Guest books are indexed by search engines and people like to search for their own names online.  Try it yourself at Google.    Maybe someone somewhere is looking for you!  I suggest putting the name and unit of the person you want to locate as people search on unit names like "12th Evac" too.  Best of luck . . .

 

Military Medical Associations

This is the best list of addresses I have found.

Organizations for Women Veterans

    Mailing addresses of Women Veterans Organizations

Captain Barb's Tips on Locating Women How to Locate Anyone Who Is or Has Been in the Military [paperback]  This comes highly recommended
 

PRESERVE YOUR HISTORY!
A Selected List of Archives and Special Collections with Collections and Material Pertaining to American Women's Service in Vietnam and During the Vietnam Era

Civilian Women's Archive
Penrose Library
Special Collections Department
University of Denver
Denver, CO 80208
303-871-3428
ATTN: Steve Fisher
LaSalle University
Connelly Library
1900 W. Olney Ave.
Philadelphia, PA 19141-1199
215-951-1286
ATTN: John Baky

Read John's Invitation to Researchers

Women in Military Service for America Memorial Foundation, Inc.
5510 Columbia Pike
Arlington, VA 22204
1-800-222-2294
ATTN: Judy Bellafaire or Britta Granrud
Women's Overseas Service League Archives
Institute of Texas Cultures
801 S. Bowie Street
San Antonio, TX 78205-3296
210-458-2386
ATTN: Jill Jackson
Lyndon B. Johnson Library
2313 Red River Street
Austin, TX 78705
512-482-5137
ATTN: Gary A. Yarrington
Oral History Project of the 
Vietnam Archive
Texas Tech University
Special Collections Library
Room 108
Lubbock, TX 79409-1041

They are aggressively seeking women to tell their stories.

Collections of Interest to Researchers

Indiana Historical Society

KOWALSKI, KARREN. Karren E. Mundell Vietnam War correspondence, 1966-1967. M 0700. 1 box. Collection guide available.  

After graduating from Indiana University in 1965 with a nursing degree, she entered the Army Nurse Corps and served during 1966-1967 at the Biên Hòa Air Base, Vietnam. The collection contains approximately 90 letters written by Kowalski in Vietnam to her parents in Frankfort, Indiana, while serving as an intensive care recovery nurse. She describes her activities and those of the hospital, and gives her impression of the Vietnamese people, the American soldiers at the air base, and the conflict around her.

See above also . .. 

Join the list below to meet and talk with over 60 women who were in country:

Incountry Women (ICW) An email discussion group for women who served in Vietnam. Coffee Cup

"We went to a foreign country in service of our country...we gave aid and encouragement to a whole segment of our brothers/sisters...we survived a war...we are noble...we are brave...we are adventurous...we are an active part of world history...we are interesting...we have lived such exciting lives...we have gone far beyond the boundaries allowed to most of our sisters...we did it together...and we still have each other."

Patricia "Mama-san" Brimeyer
Army Service Clubs, VN '68

The ICW discussion group above, which is a lively bunch of women that send each other e-mail every day, should not be confused with my monthly ICW newsletter.

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My Vietnam Related Websites:
button Women in Vietnam ~ Read about ALL the women who served . . .
button Dusty's Home Page ~ Poetry and prose by a woman who was a nurse in Vietnam
The Irish on the Wall ~ An effort to locate the Irish who died in Vietnam
button Tim O'Brien's Home Page ~ National Book Award Winner and Americal Vet

button Emily's Poetry ~ By a Red Cross Donut Dolly
button Shrapnel in the Heart ~ The most moving book you will read on Vietnam
button All About Vietnam    ~ An annotated bibliography of books about Vietnam for sale thru Amazon Worldwide!
button Battle Dressing ~ The Journey of a Nurse in Vietnam
button Project Hearts and Minds ~ Help put Viet Nam back together
button 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:
Remember Oklahoma City ~  The Civil Service and Military will NEVER forget!

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INVITATION TO WOMEN RESEARCHERS

I would like to invite your attention to a scholarly resource of unparalleled depth and richness. This university-housed resource is the largest collection of its kind in the world and its use is without charge to scholars, graduate students, journalists, writers, teachers, and undergraduates (if they can get here.) The resource is known officially as:

IMAGINATIVE REPRESENTATIONS OF THE VIET NAM WAR

Within the Collection are literally thousands of images of women in both an environment of general warfare and particularly so vis-a-vis the Viet Nam War era. These images run the gamut from straight historical contextualizations of women in war and service to the most fanciful representations of the female as she exists in the presence of war and affects men and her larger society. Inseparable from the images are the exemplification of women as role models.

This Collection is predicated upon the "imaginative representation of the war," therefore the heart of the Collection is comprised of novels, short stories, poetry, film, music, graphic art, personal narratives, photography, and ephemera (e.g., comics, games, newsletters, etc.). To give an idea of the magnitude of this resource, there are upwards of 600 films - a third of them documentary in nature, and the rest commercial releases and "small' or "art" films. There are perhaps a dozen documentary films alone that deal just with the various roles of women in that war. The commercial films bearing images of women in the Viet Nam war number in the hundreds.

The fictive representation of women resides heavily in the novels, and short stories, and to a lesser degree in the poetry. However, within the novels and short stories, and within the personal narratives, it is possible to extract countless sets of images of women for the purpose of comparing conceptions and revisions of the female presence in this and other wars. A researcher may find scores and scores of images of the woman as protester, as home-bound keeper of the family, as combatant, as conscientious objector, as nurse-donut dolly-special services member, as Vietnamese women from both sides of the conflict, as represented in print and cinematic pornography, and as the protagonist in entire sub-genres of Viet Nam War-related fictive representations such as "romance," science fiction, and action/adventure writings. There are perhaps 1200 novels in the entire Collection!

Although the Collection is founded on "imaginative representations" there is a robust underpinning of secondary and critical material present as well. For example, there are about 150 doctoral dissertations and masters' theses that deal with the Viet Nam war in some way. A particular strength within this category of secondary sources happens to be the affect of the war on women participants who were nurses. There are perhaps a dozen dissertations alone that address the unque affect that PTSD has on women in both their roles as family caregiver and military participant. As a separate thema the PTSD affect on women runs thick and wide throughout the fiction as well. This Collection has been in existence since 1986 and has appeared as a major credit in 10 scholarly monographs and scores of conference papers. And although I'd venture to say that fully half of all researchers who use the Collection are women scholars and graduate students, it is precisely in the area of the role of women that this Collection is most underused. Thus, my invitation to you all. Come and you will be amazed at the utility of this resource.

John S. Baky
Curator
Connelly Library
La Salle University
1900 W. Olney Ave.
Phila. PA 19141-1199
215/951-1286

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