Angels in Vietnam: Women Who Served is now available. It is a tribute to the thousands of women who served during the Vietnam War.
Angels in Vietnam is a collection of stories, poems, and pictures by and about the women who served in Vietnam during the war. For over a decade, from the early 1960s, over 11,000 women from America, New Zealand, and Australia went to Vietnam as nurses, American Red Cross workers, physical therapists, entertainers, librarians, and more.
Cry, laugh, and share a year in Vietnam with the Angels in Vietnam: Women Who Served.
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Angels in Vietnam
Ride along in a UH-1 Huey on a Christmas Day mission of the heart with Army pilots and American Red Cross Donut Dollies, in Vietnam, in 1969.
Meet Gary's angel, a physical therapist who a wounded soldier found nearly 35 years later so that he could tell her, "thank you."
Take a trip back to the war with a Donut Dolly when she finds her true love, a soldier fighting in Nam.
Experience the war through a nurse's eyes. Read about the Australians and the New Zealanders who served in the Vietnam War.
Find out why male Vietnam veterans think the women who nursed, comforted, entertained, or just talked with them were the Angels in Vietnam.
Forward by David Hackworth, author of About Face and Steel My Soldiers' Hearts.
Women in War
Throughout wartime history, women have participated in their countries’ conflicts in a variety of roles. From nurses to pilots and journalists to spies, women have served when their countries called.
Whether women worked and raised their families while the men fought overseas, tended wounded soldiers, brought entertainment to soldiers far from home, served as non-combat military personnel, or fought alongside their brothers, women have played significant and noteworthy roles throughout wartime history.
During the United States Civil War, nearly 250 women, disguised as men, fought alongside the men of the Confederate Army. Women also have risked their lives as spies in all wars, gathering valuable information for their countries. The Army Nurse Corps and the Navy Nurse Corps sent women overseas in World War I, World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. In World War II, over 1,000 American women flew every airplane in America’s Army Air Corps as the Women’s Airforce Service Pilots, WASP.
America sent 40,000 women to Desert Shield and Desert Storm in 1990 and 1991, the largest deployment of women in United States’ history; sixteen of these women did not return home alive. Americans knew about and supported the 100-hour war of Desert Storm and the women who served in combat-support positions. During the Vietnam War, however, many had the attitude that “nice girls did not go to war,” said Lt. Col. (retired) Janis Nark, a Vietnam Army nurse (chapter16).
From 1965 to 1973, of the nearly 2,600,000 U.S. military personnel who served in Vietnam, approximately 7,000 of those were “nice girls” who were in the Army, Navy, Marine Corps, and Air Force. They were the nurses (80% of the military women in Vietnam were nurses), physical therapists, occupational therapists, air traffic controllers, aerial reconnaissance photographers, intelligence and language specialists, legal officers, and in security and administrative positions.
Civilian women also served in Vietnam in the American Red Cross, the USO, the Central Intelligence Agency, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and other government agencies. Other women went to Vietnam as journalists, flight attendants, and for various churches and other humanitarian organizations. Women also went to Vietnam with the Special Services, which had several divisions related to morale and recreation. They operated and provided service clubs, libraries, arts and crafts, entertainment, sports, movies, and administered the Rest and Recreation program. There are no official records of how many civilian women served in Vietnam. Some estimate the civilian numbers at approximately three thousand over the span of the war.
Most of the women experienced many of the same dangers and hardships as the men. They were often in the line of fire from rockets and mortars, and they saw firsthand the horrors of death and bloody mutilation. The courageous efforts of these women who saved lives, comforted injured and dying men, and boosted morale has not gone unforgotten by their country or the men veterans who remember them.