This book grew out of the rigors of the academic process -- in short, it picks up where my doctoral dissertation ends. Seven years ago, I became interested in the military nurses who served in Vietnam. I was doing some summer reading -- a popular book about Vietnam. In it, there were two accounts of nurses who had served in the war. It had never occurred to me, a nurse, that there had been women in the war. I was intrigued. That fall, as part of my work toward my Ph.D., I was assigned to write a paper for a nursing course that was taught by a professor who was particularly interested in history. The story of those two nurses had stayed with me, and I decided to use my academic assignment to learn more about the women who served as nurses in Vietnam. I discovered that virtually no one had been interested enough in the subject to pursue it. I found no statistics, no articles, just a two-page summary written by the army surgeon general in 1973. The academic in me was surprised: this seemed like such an obvious subject for study and exploration. The woman in me was alarmed: here was a part of history -- the history of women -- that might be lost. Who were these women? Why hadn't anyone written about them? What was it like to be a nurse in a war zone?