A Place on the Wall and in Our
American, Australian and New Zealand
Civilian and Military Women
Who Died in the Vietnam War (1959-1975)
Here is a list of the American women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Here is a more printer friendly version if you want a list of names and panel numbers of women on the Wall to take with you on your visit to the Wall. I am looking for photos and remembrances of those women who died in Vietnam to post here.
|Capt. Mary Therese Klinker||On the Wall at
Klinker, a flight nurse with the
10th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron temporarily assigned to Clark Air
Base in the Philippines, was on the C-5A Galaxy which crashed on April 4 outside Saigon
while evacuating Vietnamese orphans. This is known as the Operation Babylift crash.
Lafayette, IN, she was 27. She was posthumously awarded the Airman's Medal for Heroism and
the Meritorious Service Medal.
Also remembered at:
Military - U.S. Army
|2nd Lt. Carol Ann Elizabeth Drazba||On the Wall at
|Lt. Drazba and Lt. Jones were assigned to
the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon. They died in a helicopter crash near Saigon,
February 18, 1966. Drazba was from Dunmore, PA, Jones from Allendale, SC. Both were 22
Also remembered at:
|2nd Lt. Elizabeth Ann Jones||On the Wall at
|Capt. Eleanor Grace Alexander||On the Wall at
|Capt. Alexander of Westwood, NJ, and Lt.
Orlowski of Detroit, MI, died November 30, 1967. Alexander, stationed at the 85th Evac.,
and Orlowski, stationed at the 67th Evac. in Qui Nhon, had been sent to a hospital in
Pleiku to help out during a push. With them when their plane crashed on the return trip to
Qui Nhon were two other nurses, Jerome E. Olmstead of Clintonville, WI, and Kenneth R.
Shoemaker, Jr. of Owensboro, KY. Alexander was 27, Orlowski 23. Both were posthumously
awarded Bronze Stars.
Also remembered at:
"Letter to Eleanor" by Rhona Marie Knox Prescott
|1st Lt. Hedwig Diane Orlowski||On the Wall at
|2nd Lt. Pamela Dorothy Donovan||On the Wall at
|Lt. Donovan, born in Wirral,
Merseyside, UK of Irish parents, and raised in Brighton MA, became seriously ill
and died on July 8, 1968 in Gia Dinh, South Vietnam. She was assigned to the 85th Evac. in Qui
Nhon and was 26 years old at her death. Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Walkhill Street, Boston (Grave #26, US Servicemen's Lot, Row 14 Laurel Ave.)
See also The
Irish on the Wall.
Also remembered at:
|1st Lt. Sharon Ann Lane||On the Wall at
|Lt. Lane died from shrapnel wounds when the 312th
Evac. at Chu Lai was hit by rockets on June 8, 1969. From Canton, OH, she was a month
short of her 26th birthday. She was posthumously awarded the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross
with Palm and the Bronze Star for Heroism. In 1970, the recovery room at Fitzsimmons Army
Hospital in Denver, where Lt. Lane had been assigned before going to Viet Nam, was
dedicated in her honor. In 1973, Aultman Hospital in Canton, OH, where Lane had attended
nursing school, erected a bronze statue of Lane. The names of 110 local servicemen killed
in Vietnam are on the base of the statue. [More]
Also remembered at:
|Lt. Col. Annie Ruth Graham||On the Wall at 48W 012||Chief Nurse at 91st Evac. Hospital, Tuy Hoa. From Efland, NC, she suffered a stroke in August 14, 1968 and was evacuated to Japan where she died four days later. A veteran of both World War II and Korea, she was 52. Buried at Arlington National Cemetery|
|Temp. Capt. Barbara Frances Black||Served at Vung Tau, 1st Field Hosp. RAANC, Vietnam, and died of illness in Australia on March 11, 1971. She is counted as a casualty of the war.|
|Hannah E. Crews||Died in a jeep accident, Bien Hoa, October 2, 1969|
|Virginia E. "Ginny" Kirsch||Murdered by a U.S. soldier in Cu Chi, August 16, 1970|
|Lucinda J. Richter||Died of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Cam Ranh Bay, February 9, 1971|
|Rosalyn Muskat||Died in a jeep accident, Long Binh, October 26, 1968|
|Dorothy Phillips||Died in a plane crash, Qui Nhon, 1967|
|Gloria Redlin||Shot in Pleiku, 1969|
|Barbara Robbins||Died when a car bomb exploded outside the American Embassy, Saigon, March 30, 1965|
|Betty Gebhardt||Died in Saigon, 1971|
|Cathy Wayne (aka Warnes)||Australian murdered by a soldier who shot at his commander, but she was in the way.|
|Georgette "Dickey" Chapelle||Killed by a mine on patrol with Marines outside Chu Lai, November 4, 1965|
|Marguerite Higgins||Died after picking up a parasite on her last visit to Vietnam, January 3, 1966|
|Philippa Schuyler||Killed in a helicopter crash into the ocean near Da Nang, May 9, 1967|
|Maria L. Kerbeer||Dental Assistant, age 20, died due to illness in a POW camp in late 1969. Her remains have never been recovered.|
|Hindrika Kortman||Nurse, age 29
Both women were assigned to a Knights of Malta volunteer hospital
called the "Maltaserhildienst Hospital" in the Danang area. On
On April 10, 1986, the communists repatriated what they said were the remains of an American Marine captured and held as a POW during the war. An examination of the remains determined that they were actually the remains of Ms Kortman.
|Evelyn Anderson||Captured and burned to death in Kengkok, Laos, 1972|
|Carolyn Griswald||Killed in a raid on the leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot during Tet 1968|
|Beatrice Kosin||Captured and burned to death in Kengkok, Laos, 1972|
|Janie A. Makil||Shot in an ambush, Dalat, March 4, 1963. She was four months old|
|Betty Ann Olsen||Captured during a raid on the leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot during Tet 1968. Died in 1968 and was buried somewhere along Ho Chi Minh Trail by fellow POW, Michael Benge.|
|Ruth Thompson||Killed in a raid on the leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot, February 1, 1968|
|Eleanor Ardel Vietti||Captured at leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot, May 30, 1962. Still listed as POW.|
|Ruth Wilting||Killed in a raid on the leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot, February 1, 1968|
|Marilyn L. Allan||Murdered by a U.S. soldier in Nha Trang, August 16, 1967|
|Dr. Breen Ratterman||American Medical Association - died from injuries suffered in a fall from her apartment balcony in Saigon, October 2, 1969|
|Regina "Reggie" Williams||Died of a heart attack in Saigon, 1964|
Civilian - New Zealand Foreign Affairs Ministry (?)
|Sister Lesley Cowper||Died May 2, 1966 (68?) Member of the New Zealand Surgical Team based at Qui Nhon. Buried in Auckland NZ.|
|The following women were killed in the crash, outside
Saigon, of the C5-A Galaxy transporting Vietnamese children out of the country on April 4,
1975. All of the women were working for various U.S. government agencies in Saigon
at the time of their deaths with the exception of Theresa Drye (a child), Laurie Stark
(a teacher) and Nova Bell (a student at the University of Maryland Far East
Division in Saigon & the wife of an employee in the US Defense Attach�
Office in Saigon.) Capt. Mary Therese Klinker was killed in the crash, but is listed above.
Sharon Wesley had previously worked for both the American Red Cross and Army Special Services. She chose to stay on in Vietnam after the pullout of U.S. military forces in 1973.
Mary Ann Crouch
Mary Lyn Eichen
Margaret Moses (Australian)
Doris Jean Watkins
"They shall not grow old, as we
that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."
Memorial Project (Military)
Vietnam Women's Memorial Project
2001 S Street NW, Suite 302
Washington, D.C. 20009
|A Circle of Sisters/A Circle of Friends (Civilian)
A Circle of Sisters/A Circle of Friends
1015 South Gaylord, Suite 190
Denver, CO 80209
Revised, September 2002.
This list is subject to correction and addition as further information becomes known.
You can e-mail questions and comments regarding this page to Ann Kelsey
Thanks to Ann Kelsey and others for updating this information here and elsewhere online.
I don't like reducing these names
to numbers, but here are the totals.
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My Vietnam Related Websites:
Women in Vietnam ~ Not only nurses served . . .
Emily's Poetry ~ By a Red Cross Donut Dolly
Tim O'Brien's Home Page ~ National Book Award Winner and Americal Vet
Shrapnel in the Heart ~ The most moving book you will read on Vietnam
The Irish on the Wall ~ An effort to locate the Irish who died in Vietnam
Project Hearts and Minds ~ Help put Viet Nam back together
All About Vietnam ~ An annotated bibliography of books about Vietnam for sale thru Amazon Worldwide!
Photos from a Holts' Military History Tour ~ My trip to Vietnam, February 1998
|Page last updated July 17, 2007|