Sunday, October 11, 2015

Sources on Nursing in Vietnam

One of my current favorite authors of SFF recently asked for some information about the experience of nurses during the period that the United States was most heavily involved in the Vietnam War (1964-1972). This is the working list of items that I suggested for her, broken down by type of source: journal articles, memoirs, biographies, books, and theses/dissertations. If you have suggestions for other high-quality sources, please let me know, and I'll update the list.


Aggeles, Theodora B. Answering the Call: Nurses of Post 122. Philadelphia, Pa: Xlibris, 2007.

Bigler, Philip. Hostile Fire: The Life and Death of First Lieutenant Sharon Lane. Arlington, VA: Vandamere Press, 1996.

Deardorff, Barb. Another Kind of War Story: Army Nurses Look Back to Vietnam. Lebanon, PA: A. Thompson, 1993.

Freedman, Dan, and Jacqueline Rhoads. Nurses in Vietnam: The Forgotten Veterans. Austin, TX: Texas Monthly Press, 1987.

Gruhzit-Hoyt, Olga. A Time Remembered: American Women in the Vietnam War. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1999.

Heikkila, Kim. Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam. St. Paul, MN: Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011.

Marshall, Kathryn. In the Combat Zone: An Oral History of American Women in Vietnam, 1966-1975. Boston: Little, Brown, 1987.

Norman, Elizabeth M. Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1990.

Rushton, Patricia. Vietnam War Nurses: Personal Accounts of 18 Americans.

Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann. An Interview with a Vietnam Nurse: Elizabeth Ann Scarborough Author of The Healer's War. New York: Bantam, 1989.

Scarborough, Elizabeth Ann. The Healer's War. New York: Doubleday, 1988.

Smith, Winnie. American Daughter Gone to War: On the Front Lines with an Army Nurse in Vietnam. New York: W. Morrow, 1992.

Stur, Heather Marie. Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era. New York: Cambridge University Press, 2011.

Vuic, Kara Dixon. Officer, Nurse, Woman: The Army Nurse Corps in the Vietnam War. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press, 2010.

Walker, Keith. A Piece of My Heart: The Stories of 26 American Women Who Served in Vietnam. Novato, CA: Presidio Press, 1986.

Zeinert, Karen. The Valiant Women of the Vietnam War. Brookfield, CT: Millbrook Press, 2000.


Bennett, Marilyn Faye. "Help! What Do I Do Now?": The Adventures of a Young Missionary Nurse in Vietnam. Nashville: Southern Pub. Association, 1976.

Devanter, Lynda Van, and Christopher Morgan. Home before Morning: The Story of an Army Nurse in Vietnam. New York: Beaufort Books, 1983.

Hampton, Lynn. Ace Tail-gunner: Memoirs of a U.S. Army Combat Nurse in Vietnam. Canton, OH: Daring Pub. Group, 1992.

Hampton, Lynn. The Fighting Strength: Memoirs of a Combat Nurse in Vietnam. New York, NY: Warner Books, 1992.

Hovis, Bobbi. Station Hospital Saigon: A Navy Nurse in Vietnam, 1963-1964. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 1991.

Kautz, Barbara Hesselman. When I Die I'm Going to Heaven, 'cause I Spent My Time in Hell: A Memoir of My Year as an Army Nurse in Vietnam. Portsmouth, NH: Piscataqua Press, 2013.

Klutz, Diane. Round Eyes: An American Nurse in Vietnam. Penn Laird, VA: Tri Star Books, 2012.

Walsh, Patricia L. River City: A Nurse's Year in Vietnam Memoir. Boulder, CO: Toa Press, 2009.

Watts, Anne. A Nurse's Story of Home and War. London: Simon & Schuster, 2010.

Wildwind, Sharon Grant. Dreams That Blister Sleep: A Nurse in Vietnam. Edmonton, Alta.: River Books, 1999.

Journal Articles

Mithers, Carol Lynn. "Missing in Action: Women Warriors in Vietnam."Cultural Critique, no. 3 (1986): 79. doi:10.2307/1354166.

Norman, Elizabeth M. "After the Casualties." Nursing Research 41, no. 2 (1992). doi:10.1097/00006199-199203000-00010.

Paul, Elizabeth A. "Wounded Healers: A Summary of the Vietnam Nurse Veteran Project." Military Medicine 150, no. 11 (November 1986): 571-76.

Scannell-Desch, E. A., and M. Anderson. "Hardships and Personal Strategies of Vietnam War Nurses." Western Journal of Nursing Research 22, no. 5 (2000): 526-50. doi:10.1177/01939450022044584.

Scannell-Desch, E. "The Culture of War: A Study of Women Military Nurses in Vietnam." Journal of Transcultural Nursing 11, no. 2 (2000): 87-95. doi:10.1177/104365960001100202.


Barton, Julie Anne. Foundations of Animosity and Disillusionment : Recruitment, Training, and Deployment Practices of the Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War. PhD diss., Baylor University, 1996.

Moore, Constance J. Oral History Reflections of Army Nurse Vietnam Veterans : Managing the Demanding Experience of War. Master's thesis, San Jose State University, 1992.

Norman, Elizabeth. Nurses in War : A Study of Female Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam during the War Years 1965-1973. PhD diss., New York University, 1986.

Reckart, Nanette J. "What I Did in the War, Mother! : A Study of the Women in the American Red Cross at the 249th General Hospital (1965-1971) during the Vietnam Conflict." Master's thesis, Keene State College, 1990.

Scannell-Desch, Elizabeth, Ph.D. "The Lived Experience of Women Military Nurses in Vietnam during the Vietnam War." PhD diss., Georgia State University, 1992.

Sifling, Doris E. "Vietnam: Navy Nurses' Points of View : The Experiences of the Navy Nurses on the First Cruise of the USS Sanctuary in Vietnam." PhD diss., St. Mary's University, San Antonio, Texas, 1987.

Tanner, Janet D. Nurses in Fatigues : The Army Nurse Corps and the Vietnam War. Master's thesis, California State University, Fullerton, 2011.

Australian Nurses

Biedermann, Narelle. Tears on My Pillow: Australian Nurses in Vietnam. Milsons Point, NSW: Random House Australia, 2004.

Biedermann, Narelle, Kim Usher, Ann Williams, and Barbara Hayes. "The Wartime Experience of Australian Army Nurses in Vietnam, 1967-1971." J Adv Nurs Journal of Advanced Nursing 35, no. 4 (2001): 543-49. doi:10.1046/j.1365-2648.2001.01870.x.
Hemmings, Lynn. "Vietnam Memories: Australian Army Nurses, the Vietnam War, and Oral History." Nurs Inq Nursing Inquiry 3, no. 3 (1996): 138-45. doi:10.1111/j.1440-1800.1996.tb00028.x.

McKay, Gary, and Elizabeth Stewart. With Healing Hands: The Untold Story of the Australian Civilian Surgical Teams in Vietnam. Crows Nest, NSW: Allen & Unwin, 2009.
MacLeod, Joan B. F., and Pam Barlow. The Longest Mile: A Nurse in the Vietnam War, 1968-69: Letters from Nursing Sister Joan B.F. MacLeod Who Served in Vietnam as a Member of the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps. Arcadia, Qld.: P. Barlow, 2006.
French Nurses
Galard, Geneviève De. The Angel of Dien Bien Phu: The Sole French Woman at the Decisive Battle in Vietnam. Annapolis, MD: Naval Institute Press, 2010.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Final Week to Apply: Congressional Research Grants

Grants: Congressional Research Grants

DEADLINE: All proposals must be received no later than March 1, 2015.

The Dirksen Congressional Center invites applications for grants to fund research on congressional leadership and the U.S. Congress. The Center, named for the late Senate Minority Leader Everett M. Dirksen, is a private, nonpartisan, nonprofit research and educational organization devoted to the study of Congress. Since 1978, the Congressional Research Grants program has invested more than $944,208 to support over 436 projects. Applications are accepted at any time, but the deadline is March 1 for the annual selections, which are announced in April.

The Center has allocated $50,000 in 2015 for grants (an increase of $15,000 over 2014) with individual awards capped at $3,500. Stay tuned for news on the application and selection process.

The competition is open to individuals with a serious interest in studying Congress. Political scientists, historians, biographers, scholars of public administration or American studies, and journalists are among those eligible. The Center encourages graduate students who have successfully defended their dissertation prospectus to apply and awards a significant portion of the funds for dissertation research. Applicants must be U.S. citizens who reside in the United States.
The grants program does not fund undergraduate or pre-Ph.D. study. Organizations are not eligible. Research teams of two or more individuals are eligible. No institutional overhead or indirect costs may be claimed against a Congressional Research Grant.

Download the Word document -- Congressional Research Grant Application<> -- and complete the required entries. You may send the application as a Word or pdf attachment to an e-mail directed to Frank Mackaman<> at<>. Please insert the following in the Subject Line: "CRG Application [insert your surname]." Thank you.

The Congressional Research Award Application contains the following elements: Applicant Information, Congressional Research Award Project Description, Budget, Curriculum Vita, Reference Letter, and Overhead Waiver Letter.
The entire application when printed must NOT exceed ten pages. Applications may be single-spaced. Please use fonts no smaller than 10-point. This total does NOT include the reference letter (one additional page) or the Overhead Waiver Letter (one additional page).

All application materials must be received on or before March 1, 2015. Awards will be announced in April 2015.
Complete information about what kind of research projects are eligible for consideration, what could a Congressional Research Award pay for, application procedures, and how recipients are selected may be found at The Center's Website:

PLEASE READ THOROUGHLY. Frank Mackaman<> is the program officer

Cindy Koeppel
The Dirksen Congressional Center
2815 Broadway Rd.
Pekin, IL 61554
Phone: 309.347.7113
Fax: 309.347.6432

Monday, February 9, 2015

Einstein Fellowship 2016 - Einstein Forum und Daimler und Benz Stiftung, Potsdam

Einstein Fellowship 2016

Einstein Forum und Daimler und Benz Stiftung, Potsdam
Bewerbungsschluss: 15.04.2015

The Einstein Forum and the Daimler and Benz Foundation are offering a
fellowship for outstanding young thinkers who wish to pursue a project
in a different field from that of their previous research. The purpose
of the fellowship is to support those who, in addition to producing
superb work in their area of specialization, are also open to other,
interdisciplinary approaches - following the example set by Albert

The fellowship includes living accommodations for five to six months in
the garden cottage of Einstein's own summerhouse in Caputh, Brandenburg,
only a short distance away from the universities and academic
institutions of Potsdam and Berlin. The fellow will receive a stipend of
EUR 10,000 and reimbursement of travel expenses.

Candidates must be under 35 and hold a university degree in the
humanities, in the social sciences, or in the natural sciences.
Applications for 2016 should include a CV, a two-page project proposal,
and two letters of recommendation. All documents must be received by
April 15, 2015.

At the end of the fellowship period, the fellow will be expected to
present his or her project in a public lecture at the Einstein Forum and
at the Daimler and Benz Foundation. The Einstein Fellowship is not
intended for applicants who wish to complete an academic study they have
already begun.

A successful application must demonstrate the quality, originality, and
feasibility of the proposed project, as well as the superior
intellectual development of the applicant. It is not relevant whether
the applicant has begun working toward, or currently holds, a PhD.


Mit dem Stipendium möchten das Einstein Forum und die Daimler und Benz
Stiftung herausragenden jungen Wissenschaftlern aus dem In- und Ausland
die Möglichkeit bieten, ein Forschungsvorhaben zu realisieren, das sich
außerhalb ihrer bisherigen Arbeit ansiedelt. Dadurch sollen jene jungen
Universalisten gefördert werden, die sich - ähnlich wie Albert Einstein
- neben ihren außergewöhnlichen Leistungen in einem spezifischen
Wissenschaftsgebiet besonders durch disziplinenübergreifendes Engagement

Das Stipendium ist verbunden mit einem Aufenthalt im Gartenhaus des
Sommerhauses von Einstein in Caputh, der zwischen fünf und sechs Monate
dauert. Das Einsteinhaus ist ein sowohl wissenschafts- als auch
architekturhistorisch bedeutsamer Ort mit Anbindung an die
Universitätsstandorte Potsdam und Berlin. Der/die Stipendiat/in erhält
eine Förderung in Höhe von EUR 10.000 sowie die anfallenden

Bewerber sollten unter 35 Jahre alt sein und einen qualifizierten
Hochschulabschluss in einer geistes-, sozial- oder
naturwissenschaftlichen Fachrichtung besitzen. Die Bewerbungen für das
Jahr 2016 sollten einen Lebenslauf und ein Exposé des im Rahmen des
Stipendiums geplanten Projekts (beides in englischer Sprache) sowie zwei
wissenschaftliche Referenzen enthalten und bis zum 15. April 2015
eingereicht werden.

Von den Stipendiaten wird erwartet, die während der Monate in Caputh
geleistete wissenschaftliche Arbeit angemessen zu dokumentieren. Zur
Dokumentation gehört es, einen öffentlichen Vortrag im Einstein Forum
und in der Daimler und Benz Stiftung zu halten. Das Stipendium dient
allerdings ausdrücklich nicht der Fertigstellung einer bereits
begonnenen Arbeit, wie etwa einer Dissertations- oder

Die Evaluation der Bewerbungen erfolgt nach Qualität, Originalität und
Realisierbarkeit der Projektvorschläge sowie nach dem wissenschaftlichen
Werdegang des Bewerbers. Hier spielt es keine Rolle, ob bereits eine
Promotion begonnen oder abgeschlossen wurde.


Applications should be submitted by mail to: /
Bewerbungen sind zu richten an:

Prof. Dr. Susan Neiman
Einstein Forum
Am Neuen Markt 7
14467 Potsdam

Or by email to:

For more information, call or fax the Einstein Forum at:
phone: +49-331-271780
fax: +49-331-2717827

Goor Zankl

Einstein Forum, Am Neuen Markt 7, 14467 Potsdam

+49-(0)331 - 27178 0
+49-(0)331 - 27178 27


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Sunday, February 8, 2015




The NACBS, in collaboration with the Huntington Library, offers annually the NACBS-HUNTINGTON LIBRARY FELLOWSHIP to aid in dissertation research in British Studies using the collections of the library.  The amount of the fellowship is $3000.  A requirement for holding the fellowship is that the time of tenure be spent in residence at the Huntington Library.  The time of residence varies, but may be as brief as one month. Applicants must be U. S. or Canadian citizens or permanent residents and enrolled in a Ph.D. program in a U. S. or Canadian institution.

Nominations and applications for the 2016 award are invited. Please note that the applications are due on November 15, 2015.  Applications should consist of a curriculum vitae, two supporting letters (one from the applicant's dissertation advisor), and a description of the dissertation research project. The letter should include a description of the materials to be consulted at the Huntington and the reason that these are essential sources for the dissertation.

A copy of the application package should be sent to each member of the Huntington Library Fellowship Committee listed below. Letters should be placed in sealed envelopes, signed across the flap and given to the applicant for inclusion in the application package. Applications must be postmarked by November 15, 2015. Awards will be announced by January 30, 2016.

Applicants for the NACBS fellowship are also welcome to apply to supplement that award with a short-term award from the Huntington Library itself under the terms of its own fellowship competition, the closing date for which is also November 15, 2015. See:

Send materials to:

Chair: Dr. Steve Hindle
Director of Research
The Huntington Library
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, CA 91108  USA<>

Dr. Holly Brewer
Burke Chair of American History & Associate Professor
Department of History
University of Maryland
2115 Francis Scott Key Hall
College Park, MD 20742  USA<>

Dr. Brent Sirota
Department of History
North Carolina State University
350 Withers Hall, Campus Box 8108, Raleigh, NC 27695-8108  USA<>

Friday, February 6, 2015

Call for Papers, Annual Meeting, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, 16&17 October 2015.

Call for Papers, Annual Meeting, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON, 16&17 October 2015.

The Northeast Conference on British Studies (NECBS) will hold its annual meeting in 2015 at the University of Ottawa in Ottawa, Ontario, on Friday and Saturday, October 16 and 17. The 2015 conference will be hosted by the University of Ottawa, with Richard Connors acting as local arrangements coordinator.

We solicit the participation of scholars in all areas of British Studies, broadly defined. In particular, we welcome proposals for interdisciplinary panels that draw on the work of historians, literary critics, and scholars in other disciplines whose focus is on Britain and its empire, from the Middle Ages to the present. Proposals for entire panels on a common theme will be given priority, although individual paper proposals will also be considered if several of them can be assembled to create a viable panel. Proposals for roundtable discussions of a topical work, on current issues in the field, or pedagogical practices with respect to the teaching of particular aspects of British Studies are also encouraged. The typical ninety-minute panel will include three papers (each lasting for fifteen to twenty minutes), a chair, and a commentator. Roundtables may have a looser format.

Proposals should include a general description of the panel or roundtable (including an overall title), a 200-300 word abstract for each paper to be read and a one-page curriculum vitae for each participant. Please include the address, phone number, and e-mail address of all participants (including the chair and commentator) in the proposal. For panel or roundtable proposals, please note the name of the main contact person. Electronic submissions (as e-mail attachments in Word) are preferred, with all the various materials presented in a single document.

All submissions must be received by March 15, 2015 (final decisions will be announced in June 2015).

Please send your proposals to:

Paul Deslandes, NECBS Program Chair<>

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Armistice Day, 1918

What's all this hubbub and yelling, Commotion and scamper of feet, With ear-splitting clatter of kettles and cans, Wild laughter down Mafeking Street?
O, those are the kids whom we fought for (You might think they'd been scoffing our rum) With flags that they waved when we marched off to war In the rapture of bugle and drum.
Now they'll hang Kaiser Bill from a lamp-post, Von Tirpitz they'll hang from a tree.... We've been promised a 'Land Fit for Heroes'--- What heroes we heroes must be!
And the guns that we took from the Fritzes, That we paid for with rivers of blood, Look, they're hauling them down to Old Battersea Bridge Where they'll topple them, souse, in the mud!

But there's old men and women in corners With tears falling fast on their cheeks, There's the armless and legless and sightless--- It's seldom that one of them speaks.

And there's flappers gone drunk and indecent Their skirts kilted up to the thigh, The constables lifting no hand in reproof And the chaplain averting his eye....
When the days of rejoicing are over, When the flags are stowed safely away, They will dream of another wild 'War to End Wars' And another wild Armistice day.
But the boys who were killed in the trenches, Who fought with no rage and no rant, We left them stretched out on their pallets of mud Low down with the worm and the ant.

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Afghantsy: The Soviet Experience in Afghanistan

When the Red Army invaded Afghanistan to ensure that a pro-Soviet socialist regime remained in power in 1979, observers in the West assumed that it would follow the pattern provided by interventions in Eastern Europe during the 1960’s.  After the Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia in 1968, Soviet Premier Leonid Brezhnev decreed that no socialist state allied with the Soviet Union would be allowed to either change its form of government, or change its alliances.  This led to Soviet-backed interventions in Ethiopia, Aden, Angola, Mozambique, and Ethiopia to support Marxist regimes.  This doctrine combined with Afghanistan’s shared border with the Soviet Union set the stage for armed intervention in favor of the government led by the People’s Democratic Party of Afghanistan.  What the Soviet Union and the world did not anticipate was a decade-long struggle between the Red Army and insurgents, resulting in heightened tensions between the United States and the Soviet Union.

The geo-political consequences of the war in Afghanistan are well documented, as are changes in Soviet combat tactics, the muhahedin resistance, and the United States’ role in supply arms and supplies to resistance groups fighting against the Soviet Union.  Less understood, particularly in the West, is the experience of Soviet soldiers and civilian personnel who served in Afghanistan due to conscription or as volunteers.  Soldiers and civilians alike experienced privation and horror for their nation.  Unlike the heroes of the Great Patriotic War against Nazi Germany, they returned home garner the scorn and disdain of fellow Soviets, and a lack of medical care and veterans’ assistance.  Not only did the Afghantsy not win their war on behalf of the Motherland, but the fact they were even fighting was hidden from the public until 1983, four years after the war began.  As Mikhail Gorbachev’s policy of glasnost, or openness, took hold and the Soviet public learned more about the war, the rationale for fighting became a subject of debate.  Ultimately, the Afghantsy found themselves outcasts among their own people.