Donut Dollies by RW Holmen
"Donut Dollies" is the sixth installment in a series of short stories about the Vietnam War. The stories are loosely based upon the author’s personal experiences but with plenty of embellishment and ought to be considered fiction. An early reviewer suggests the writing is bold, dark, and intense, and that is an apt characterization of the Vietnam experience.The author was a "lurp" (Long Range Reconnaissance Patrol or LRRP), which was the Vietnam War's version of the cavalry scout. Four-man teams were inserted by helicopter into remote regions of the countryside to conduct reconnaissance to determine if the enemy was present and active. Stealth and subterfuge were the primary safeguards for the team on the ground. The series of short stories capture the experiences of a LRRP team in the field and in the rear.
The setting for "Donut Dollies" is the base camp in the Central Highlands of Vietnam that was headquarters for K Company, 75th Infantry (Rangers), the official name of the LRRP unit in that area of Vietnam. Female Red Cross volunteers, known as "Donut Dollies," served as morale boosters in Vietnam. Operating from a recreation center in the base camp where they served up games, friendly smiles, and donuts, the dollies were often airlifted for a few hours to remote fire bases to spike the spirits of the troops in the field.
In this short story, a LRRP team crosses paths with the dollies.