Vietnam War Nurses

Personal Accounts of 18 Americans


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About the Book

Eighteen nurses who served in the United States military nurse corps during the Vietnam War present their personal accounts in this book. They represent all military branches and both genders. They served in the theater of combat, in the United States, and in countries allied with the U.S. They served in front line hospitals, hospital ships, large medical centers and small clinics. They speak of caring for casualties during a conflict filled with controversy—and of patriotism, of the nursing profession, of travel and the adventure of friendship and love.

About the Author(s)

Patricia Rushton is a retired associate professor of nursing at Brigham Young University. She is a veteran of the Vietnam War and Operation Desert Storm. She retired as a commander in the United States Navy Nurse Corps Reserve.

Bibliographic Details

Edited by Patricia Rushton
Format: softcover (6 x 9)
Pages: 196
Bibliographic Info: 31 photos, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2013
pISBN: 978-0-7864-7352-6
eISBN: 978-1-4766-0208-0
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Table of Contents

Introduction  1

Elizabeth R. Barker  5

Catherine (Kay) M. Bauer  11

Lou Ellen Bell  22

Karen Born  43

Mary Breed  55

Linda Caldwell  64

Alene B. Duerk  78

Merlan Owen Ellis  90

Lois Gay  100

Sandra Kirkpatrick Holmes  107

Lynn Calmes Kohl  119

Mitchel A. McDonald  128

Mary Lou ­Ostergren-­Bruner  135

Ruth E. Purinton  142

Maria V. Rossi  151

Mary Ellen Warne  157

Harry A. Wesche  166

Odette P. Willis  173

References  183

Index  185

Book Reviews

“an important contribution to the existing literature about the experiences of American Military nurses during the Vietnam War…. They speak of caring for causalities during a war filled with controversy, pain and suffering, as well as patriotism…this book is rated four stars”—Military Bookshelf; “valuable piece of scholarship…because it offers personal accounts of a group of understudied Vietnam veterans and emphasizes an important era in American nursing”—H-Net Reviews; “collects the personal narratives of 18 female and male nurses who served in the US military nurse corps during the Vietnam War, as part of the Nurses at War Project”—Reference & Research Book News.