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?
|How do you think women's roles were different from World War II to Vietnam?
Narrator: Joyce McCollum
Interviewed by: Josh Lavis
JL: OK, Do you think women's roles were different during World War II as compared to the Vietnam War period?
JM: Yeah, by the time Vietnam came about, we were able to move into other than secretarial type work. We were able to be-- what do they call them, I forget what they're called now-- at the airports, where people are guiding planes, yeah
JL: I can't remember.
JM: All of the sudden I can't think of what that is.
JL: The air towers?
JM: The Air Traffic Controller. Women were able to move into that. We were able to move into areas where we had to understand radar screens. We were moving into just about every field except combat-related fields, before I got out of the service in 1973: mechanics, jeep drivers, anything. During WWII, we were still the mother hens, I guess you might say, doing secretarial work, being cooks, not a whole lot of opportunities, or different fields for the women to go into.
Narrator: Judith Mente
Interviewer: Kyle Schneider
JM: I think the difference was that we were not allowed to go overseas. We were kept in the United States. Where today, women are in fighting. That's a big, big difference. The guy who graduated ahead of me in the medical class--I forget what it was called, some kind of flight medicine--he learned to parachute out of airplanes so he could go into war zones and a lot of things I didn't learn. And clearly he was a higher class but also he was male.
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