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At Your Service

Heather Stur, Karen Johnson, Barbara Lilly, Jane McCarthy, Ann Kelsey

Nurse Jane McCarthy joined the Army to treat injured servicemen and forge a path of independence. Librarian Ann Kelsey provided a welcoming place on base to relax after scrounging a helmet for the next rocket attack. And “Donut Dolly” Barbara Lilly served her countrymen the best way she knew how: with a smile on her face. As women, they’re part of a forgotten group of war veterans who served—and suffered—in various positions alongside male soldiers. In the third episode of our series on the Vietnam War, we explore what drew women to Vietnam and what it was like when they got there.

28 mins

The Homefront

Heath Lee, Jessica Frazier, Marian Faye Novak, Emma Violand Sanchez

Heath Lee and Jessica Frazier walk us through the surprising and sometimes contentious relationship between antiwar activists and the wives of POWs, while Marian Novak and Emma Sanchez describe the lonely and troubling experience of holding down the homefront while their husbands were at war.

24 mins

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