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Palgrave Studies in Oral History

Army Nurse Corps Voices from the Vietnam War

Eight Women, One War

Authors: Tanner, Janet D.

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  • Provides an oral history of women serving in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps in Vietnam
    Draws on extensive interviews with eight former U.S. Army nurses
    Sheds light on their lived experience, highlighting the challenges of wartime, the extent of historical sexual abuse in the U.S. military, and the lasting impact on their lives

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About this book

This book provides an oral history of women who served in the U.S. Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War. It follows the trajectory of eight women’s lives from their decision to become nurses, to surgical and evacuation hospitals in Vietnam, and then home to face the consequences of war on their personal and professional lives. It documents their lived experience in Vietnam and explores the memories and personal stories of nurses who treated injured American soldiers, Vietnamese civilians, and the enemy. Their voices reveal the physical and emotional challenges, trauma, contradictions, and lingering effects of war on their lives. Women in the U.S. Army in Vietnam feared the enemy but also sexual violence and harassment: the experiences this book documents also shed light on the extent of historical sexual abuse in the military.


About the authors

Janet D. Tanner is an oral historian and independent scholar based in Fullerton, California, USA.

Table of contents (7 chapters)

Table of contents (7 chapters)
  • “I was just going over there as a nurse”: Introduction

    Pages 1-21

    Tanner, Janet D.

  • “I always wanted to be a nurse”: Politics, Culture, and Nursing

    Pages 23-49

    Tanner, Janet D.

  • “I’m not going to Vietnam to fight; I’m going there to be a nurse”: Joining the Army Nurse Corps

    Pages 51-88

    Tanner, Janet D.

  • Lip Gloss, Fatigues, and Fear: Life in the Combat Zone

    Pages 89-137

    Tanner, Janet D.

  • “The hardest thing was being there and the most rewarding thing was being there”: Nursing in Vietnam

    Pages 139-175

    Tanner, Janet D.

Buy this book

eBook $84.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-69617-7
  • Digitally watermarked, DRM-free
  • Included format: PDF, EPUB
  • ebooks can be used on all reading devices
  • Immediate eBook download after purchase
Hardcover $109.99
price for USA
  • ISBN 978-3-030-69616-0
  • Free shipping for individuals worldwide
  • Institutional customers should get in touch with their account manager
  • Covid-19 shipping restrictions
  • Usually ready to be dispatched within 3 to 5 business days, if in stock
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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Army Nurse Corps Voices from the Vietnam War
Book Subtitle
Eight Women, One War
Authors
Series Title
Palgrave Studies in Oral History
Copyright
2021
Publisher
Palgrave Macmillan
Copyright Holder
The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s), under exclusive license to Springer Nature Switzerland AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-030-69617-7
DOI
10.1007/978-3-030-69617-7
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-030-69616-0
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XIII, 259
Number of Illustrations
9 b/w illustrations
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