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A time remembered : American women in the Vietnam War
Gruhzit-Hoyt, Olga, 1922-
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Publication Information:
Novato, CA : Presidio, [1999]

Physical Description:
xii, 262 pages, 14 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations ; 23 cm
Reading Level:
1020 Lexile.
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DS559.8.W6 G78 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks
DS559.8.W6 G78 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Some 10,000 US women served in the Vietnam War. Based on interviews with armed forces nurses, Red Cross volunteers and others, the author of They Also Served: American Women in World War II conveys their wartime and postwar experiences. One of the b&w photos features the Vietnam Women's Memorial in

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Booklist Review

Gruzhit-Hoyt's sound oral history adds usefully to women's studies and Vietnam War collections. It covers not only the comparatively well known army nurses, in both Vietnam and stateside, but also navy and air force nurses, including some of the latter who flew with planeloads of wounded--one of the grimmest medical assignments of the war. Gruzhit-Hoyt also samples from the ranks of the WACS, then still a separate branch of the army limited, not entirely safely, to rear-echelon duties, and of such civilian organizations as the International Voluntary Services, the USO, and the Red Cross. Few women were killed in action, but many suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder or one of many related maladies. Gruzhit-Hoyt helps us remember that the motives of women for serving in Vietnam were as diverse as those of the men or of contemporary military women, whose road to opportunity was considerably opened by the service of the women she chronicles. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

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.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved