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?
|Did you keep in touch with any friends after leaving the military?
Narrator: Byanca Nelson
Interviewer: Lari Braun
BN: You said you had a friend--I mean how did you keep in touch?
LB: Oh my friend Evelyn from Albuquerque, actually we didn't necessarily well-- first of all let me go back a little bit. It wasn't until several years later that we realized we were in the same flight together. She was doing a job that was similar to what my husband was doing, and that's how we kind of connected with one another. Then she went through a divorce, and she married a guy who was actually my husband's supervisor. Of course we got invited to the wedding and [our friendship grew from there]. She's completely retired now, so how we keep in touch is phone calls and frequent visits. In fact we just came back from vacation together.
Narrator: Shirley Heckard
Interviewed by: Kristin Sowden
KS: What were your first days in the service like? Were you scared?
SH: Yeah, I was a bit apprehensive, but I did travel with 5 other young ladies, and we were instructed to be properly dressed. We had to wear hats, gloves, high heels, and it wasn't the casual look of today. When you traveled you dressed. Of course we were on the train. As I say, when we came back, we were stationed at Camp Pendleton. My friend from Los Angeles was stationed with me and I am friends to this day with her; she lives in 29 Palms California.
KS: What is her name?
SH: Her name is Carol Burns [Carol Burns?] and she is a member of the Women Marines Association.
KS: and you have been friends with her ever since?
SH: Yes, Um hmm.
Photos courtesy of the families.
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Lari Braun and Doug Braun met while serving in the military