A Piece of My Heart: The Stories of 26 American Women Who Served in Vietnamby Keith Walker
A decade after America pulled out of Vietnam, the seeds of the often heart- wrenching oral history, A Piece of My Heart, were sown when writer and filmmaker Keith Walker met a woman who had been an emergency room nurse in Cu Chi and Da Nang. She and 25 others recount the time they spent "in country" as part of 15,000 American women who volunteered or served as nurses and in the military.
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Twenty six stories from women Army/Navy nurses, Red Cross volunteers, USO workers, singers, and an Army intelligence officer that served during the Vietnam War. An extraordinary important book to read because not enough credit is giving for the women and men that sacrificed everything over there. This book was written in 1985, yet most of these women interviewed were still having issuses trying to deal with the terrifying experiences they went through. It would be interesting to find out if these women have been able to get on with their lives, since. However, the images of the Vietnam War have scarred people forever. I would like to read a book written about these same women, if living, and see if these same women have been able to on with their lives thirty years after the war.
This anthology of women who served in many different capacities in Vietnam was an absolute eye-opener! Not only does it tell of the beginnings, middle and end of each woman's tour, it describes many tragic journeys after arriving back in the USA. The way some of them were treated by their own branch of service as well as their government is shocking. I hope this book places a focus on the positions of women who want to do their part in their country's wars.
I am an Air Force brat. My father always said to us "Always thank a Vietnam Vet" and we do to this very day. I was visiting family and saw the statue of the Vietnam nurses in DC. My heart broke and filled with pride at the same time. What about those nurses and civilans? I can only imagine the bonds they forged, the courage they had and the heartache they endured. Then to go home, forever changed. This book put all of that into reality and knowing how hard it was for these women to share their story. I could not put it down once I started to read it. It is a truly moving and powerful book. To Mr. Walker and ALL of the women who were able to share their stories, Thank You!