A Time Remembered: American Women in the Vietnam War

A Time Remembered: American Women in the Vietnam War

A Time Remembered: American Women in the Vietnam War

A Time Remembered: American Women in the Vietnam War

Synopsis

More than 10,000 women served alongside U.S. troops during the Vietnam War. They sacrificed and suffered, yet, for many years, their involvement has gone unnoticed. This is the story of these heroic women and the vital role they played.

Excerpt

Almost everyone remembers the Vietnam War with a shudder of horror. It was America's longest and perhaps most brutal war. More than half a million American servicemen fought and more than 300,000 were wounded, many with multiple amputations. It was a savage war.

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.

Women played a vital role, whether succoring the wounded, mourning the dead, or desperately trying to raise the morale of the fighting men and keep it high. All the women who served in Vietnam and Southeast Asia volunteered, and they did so for almost as many reasons as there were women -- to support the armed forces, for adventure, to see the world, -- to escape boredom, or to do what they could to help.

The enemy seemed to be everywhere, with the din of rockets and mortars and the danger of booby traps, land mines, grenades, and unsuspected snipers. The women endured the hot, humid, bug-ridden, disease-filled lowlands and were chilled in the mountains and . . .

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