Annotated Bibliography for Vietnam
Brief Biographies of Narrators
Why and when did you join the military? What branch did you join?
Tell me about your boot camp and training experience? What were your first days in the service like? Describe your uniforms.
What attracted you to the branch of military that you joined? How did your family respond?
What was your job or assignment in the military?
Describe some of your memorable experiences during your time in military service.
How long did you serve in the military? What rank did you obtain?
Where were you stationed? What were the living conditions like?
What was it like to be a woman during the Korean War/ Vietnam War?
What was the most difficult time for you during your service?
Did your role as a woman change when you went into the military?
What were some of the major differences between WWII and the Vietnam War?
How do you think women's roles were different from World War II to Vietnam?
How did you feel about the peace movements during the Vietnam War?
How were women treated by male soldiers or military personnel?
Did you keep in touch with any friends after leaving the military?
Is there anything else that you would like to add that we haven't covered?
|What was the most difficult time for you during your service?
Narrator: Shirley Vega
Interviewed by: Delia Gallegos
DG: What was the most difficult time for you during your service? Did you feel pressure or stress? How did people entertain themselves?
SV: I am sure there was stress. I think that at different times there are different kinds of stress, some physical, some mental. I think I had to keep focusing on me and what I was doing in order to get through it, because it wasn't easy. It was hard. I am sure that what the women that are in the military today are going through [have] more stress than I probably had to go through. At the time it was stress being away from my family, meeting new people. In basic training we were in a room with forty other women that came from all walks of life and somehow we bonded together to help each other get through. You make relationships that last for years. I have friends that I still keep in touch with that I served with at Fort Bragg. You build very meaningful relationships and they became your family because they understand where you have you been, what you have done.
Narrator: Judith Mente
Interviewer: Kyle Schneider
JM: We were a medical unit so we were living in the WAF barracks, which is the Women's Air Force barracks, but we were flying to the hospital squadron so we ate and worked in the hospital. And that was a usually good experience, that was a good thing because the hospital food was good. But I was there during the Cuban Missile Crisis, and also during the time when President Kennedy was killed. And so I think the worst time for me was when there was a lot of rumors obviously around the Missile Crisis... Enlisted women were not allowed to go overseas at the time when I was in the Air Force. [Today] it's very different. But it was rumored that we were going to be mobilized as a medical unit to go to Homestead, in southern Florida, if the crisis didn't abate. And...I couldn't find my dog tags [laughs] I finally found them, but that was the worst, that was the worst experience I had.
Photos courtesy of the families.
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