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Military Women in Vietnam

Our U.S. military women in Vietnam saw all the mutilating horrors of jungle warfare. Americana lost more limbs in Vietnam than in all other wars but due to the nurses efforts, fewer men lost their lives due to the wounds they received. Military nurses worked seven day a week under the most extreme circumstances. Four received the Purple Heart but President Reagan didn’t even mention their names during a 1981 Medal of Honor ceremony at the Pentagon.

Military Women in Vietnam

Military nurses in Vietnam saw and treated the most vicious injuries of a jungle warfare, often under fire. As a tribute to their skills fewer than 2 percent of causalities treated died from their wounds. The war the men fought was brought straight into our living rooms, and that was bad enough, but there was no film footage of the horrors that were hidden in hospitals. Four Navy nurses received the Purple Heart award in Vietnam, yet President Ronald Reagan never mentioned our military women during a 1981 Medal of Honor ceremony at the Pentagon.

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Colin Powell who had been wounded himself, spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony in July 1993 for the memorial to the women who served in Vietnam. He said to the nurses, “I didn’t realize how much your sacrifice equaled and even exceeded that of the men. I realized for the first time that for male soldiers, the war comes in intermittent flashes of terror, occasional death, moments of pain, but for women who were there, for the women who helped before the battle and for nurses in particular, the terror, the death and the pain were unrelenting, a constant terrible weight that had to be stoically carried.”

More limbs were amputated in Vietnam than in all other wars combined. Nurses saw such constant carnage that they too, suffered . Joan Furney, a twenty three year old Army nurse, remembered one young soldier that she was determined would live even though he was marked as hopeless to survive. She had been working seven day a week in intensive care for nine months when she gave the young man a transfusion and started to unbandage his head. All the blood she had pumped in suddenly poured out with blood and brains, the whole back of his head were lying in her hands. She put his head back together and secured it in a neat bandage. She goes out and smokes a cigarette and goes back to work. They don’t talk about it, it’s too risky.

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  1. Interesting. I like this post

  2. Those women soldiers really did a remarkable and heroic job during the Viet Nam war. They should be given due recognition of their effort.

  3. Women military should not be underestimated

  4. What an amazing job they did, I was just a child during this time but I remember my older brother did two tours.

  5. nice share

  6. They did what needed to be done. Thanks for this tribute Ruby.

  7. Thanks for a great article, they deserve recognition.

  8. There was not much put out on Vietnam.

  9. Great article.

  10. Military nurses are really great. They are under danger, facing terrible sight and yet doing their duty well to save life. They deserve honour and praise.

  11. wow I liked this post. very informative. There always some contributions lays behind each victory that We cannot see in open eyes and they don’t let us see the actual fact. no victory comes in a plain way, it needs lots of contributions and sacrifices, but alas we know only a tiny portion of it..History never speaks for the real warriors who encourages and influences the front squad from behind..theres always a dark lining..between the seen and the actual..

  12. it’s time for gender discrimination to vanish… i salute all military women… they deserve honor:-]

  13. wow I liked this post. very informative. There always some contributions lays behind each victory that We cannot see in open eyes and they don\’t let us see the actual fact. no victory comes in a plain way, it needs lots of contributions and sacrifices, but alas we know only a tiny portion of it..History never speaks for the real warriors who encourages and influences the front squad from behind..theres always a dark lining..between the seen and the actual..

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  14. Keep these articles rolling Ruby, I’m enjoying them.

  15. It is tough.

  16. Thanks 4 this share

  17. wonderful article,

  18. amazing

  19. good read

  20. These women deserve recognition. And Joan Furney was one tough cookie.

  21. Very true…she was indeed tough.

  22. An interesting read here Ruby cheers

  23. wow, this is something all Americans should know. Thanks!

  24. Thanks for making us so aware of the contribution of women to the wwar in Vietnam. They were incredible. Good work, Ruby.

    Christine

  25. That war screwed everybody up. Those nurses were heroes, as was just about anybody that had to deal with the horrors of jungle warfare.

  26. Great article.

  27. good share

  28. Informative article.

  29. This is really good. These women should be commended for what they did.

  30. Thanks for this article, Ruby. These women deserve recognition.

  31. Such a repressive attitude from men and that continues under cover and openly too.We are in the dark about these.

  32. these women worked night and day week after week to take care of the wounded, without their tireless care, many more men would have been lost.

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  34. Thanks for the article – there might be more stories like this to uncover

  35. Cleaning the aftermath of a war is horrible. I salute to those ladies for their bravery and mental toughness.

  36. Thank you Ruby for all the love and support you show for those that serve. God Bless you.

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