Philadelphia, Pennsylvania - United States Army
I was an Army Nurse in Vietnam 1969-70, part of the 18th Surgical Hospital in Quang Tri close to the DMZ. I went over right after nurses training. I didn’t have any experience. I think for some of us, we wondered if we were even in the right profession. I didn’t know anything about emergency room nursing. I had no idea what war nursing was about. I had no idea what it looked like to be mutilated in that kind of action.
We were all kids. I was just twenty-two years old. I'm a mother of three boys. I had my boys living in my house when they were twenty-two. They couldn't even make their own beds.