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A Time Remembered: American Women in the Vietnam War Hardcover – August 30, 1999

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The experiences endured by young American men during the Vietnam War have reached mass audiences. But the 10,000 young women who served alongside them have, for the most part, been ignored. In digest form, Gruzhit-Hoyt presents snapshots of women who served, in one capacity or another, during the war. Like many college students of the era, Linda Sullivan Schulte opposed U.S. participation in the war and was active in campus protests. But when challenged by a visiting military officer to go there and see the truth for herself, she joined the Red Cross. Air Force Corps nurse Eileen G. Gebhart's skills were vital, but didn't insulate her and her colleagues from repeated sexual harassment, the uncertainty of life in a war zone and other indignities and dangers. Karen Offut's ex-husband blamed her for their children's medical problems, citing her probable exposure to chemicals during her tour of duty with the Women's Army Corps. Two subsequent marriages also ended in divorce for Offut, who went on to suffer from severe post-traumatic stress disorder. Others, like Schulte, who became a successful businesswoman and local politician, emerged relatively unscathed and arguably strengthened. The profiles are similar in format, detailing each woman's reasons for going to Vietnam and what happened once she arrived. Although the book is informative and some of the individual stories moving, Gruzhit-Hoyt's prose is dry, keeping readers at arm's length from the events and feelings the women experienced. But nearly every one of these individual profiles will shed new light on readers' understanding of the daily life of the war. (Nov.)
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Presidio Press (August 30, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0891416692
  • ISBN-13: 978-0891416692
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,132,600 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Having already had a copy of Olga Gruhzit-Hoyt's book about the women who served during World War II, I was anxious to read her latest book A Time Remembered: American Women in the Vietnam War (Presidio Press, ISBN 0891416692, 272 pages). What made it even more interesting for me was that I knew some of the women mentioned in her new book. Knowing how hard of a time I have had getting some women Veterans to open up, I was interested to see how the author collected her information and put it together. I quickly realized that she laid out her book by branches of the military and then the civilians who also served. She started quickly by stating, "Estimates of the number of women who served in Vietnam vary, ranging from 7,500 to 11,000 military women, with the greatest number being nurses. Add to this arbitrary figure the hundreds and hundreds of women sponsored by civilian organizations, and the figure could be near thirty thousand." As I opened the front cover I soon realized that I have already met or been in touch with some of the women the author interviewed. That helped to make this book even more interesting to me. Each chapter was about another woman and what she did during the Vietnam War. Each was powerful in its own right. The first eleven chapters were about the women who served as nurses in Vietnam. The author had five members of the Army Nurse Corps (ANC), two who were in the Navy Nurse Corps (NNC) and four women from the Air Force Nurse Corps (AFNC).
Naturally having served in the Army myself I was more familiar with the terminology used by the five women who were in the ANC as well as the three women who were in the Women's Army Corps (WAC). The nurses had been with the 36th Evacuation (EVAC) Hospital, 67th EVAC, 91st EVAC, and 24th EVAC.
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I thank Olga for allowing me to write my own chapter for this book. After many years of not being "allowed" to talk about my experience in Vietnam, it was truly a relief to put it into words. I am forever changed by my tour in Vietnam but I am proud of my service. My children suffered because of my Agent Orange exposure and also because of my PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Disorder). They realize, however, that I knew nothing about either when I volunteered to go to Vietnam. I am proud to have been included in this book with so many brave women. I am honored that my memories will be here, in print, long after I am gone. Thank you, Olga and thank all of you who take the time to read this book.

Karen Offutt

Vietnam 1969 - 1970
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This book deplicts women of the Vietnam War. It has stories written by the women who were actually there, telling what they experienced. It tells about the bomb raids, soliers, and everything they've seen and what they will never forget. I recomend this book to everyone, especially if you are interested in women's roles in history, or the Vietnam War in general.
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I have always had an interest in nursing, and especially what the nurses in the War did. I wanted to learn about women in the Vietnam War, so then I learned about the nurses. I picked Women in the Vietnam War because I liked how each chapter was a different woman telling their own story about what they did in Vietnam, either as a nurse, Red Cross, special services, or voluntary services. I had no idea that there were all these different services that the women did and participated in.

I personally really liked this book. Reading about the different stories kept my interest and it was very interesting hearing about everything that they went trough. Knowing that it was actually the women who survived the war that were telling their story again was amazing to me. There were 9 topics, they were, Army Nurse Corps, Navy Nurse Corps, Air Force Nurse Corps, Women's Army Corps, Army Special Services, International Voluntary Services, USO, American Red Cross, and U.S. Agency for International Development.

Each woman had their own special story. They were all different, but many talked about why they wanted to be a part of the Vietnam War and their flight over there, and how it was so hot when they got there. Most talked about what they exactly did in the war, and their most memorable experiences that they went through. Many of the nurses had Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, and they either weren't treated fairy by men, or were sexually harassed. Many of the women still have flash backs because of the post traumatic stress disorder.

The part that most surprised me is when I learned about the reaction that the nurses/women got when they returned home.
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Best of the books I bought. Realistic, true. Brought back memories.
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