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Titel: Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories
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Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories, by Donna Lowery, a Vietnam veteran, chronicles the participation of American military women during the Vietnam War. This little-known group of an estimated 1,200 women from the Army, Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy left its mark in Vietnam from 1962 to 1973. They served in a myriad of duties from intelligence analysts, flight controllers, clerk-typists, translators, physical therapists, dieticians and communications specialists among many others.
Our Untold Stories allows the women to speak for themselves about their experiences, and, for the first time ever, brings names, facts and figures together in one literary work. The purpose of the book is to be historically significant to future researchers.
The history of the military women in Vietnam began in 1962 with Army Major Anne Marie Doering. She was born in what became North Vietnam. Her father was a French officer, her mother a German citizen. When her father died, her mother married an American businessman. Her service in Vietnam as a Combat Intelligence Officer is a compelling story of the US military women in a war zone.
It was not until 1965 that the US Women?s Army Corps (WAC) sent two women as advisors to assist the newly formed Vietnam Women?s Armed Forces Corps. The following year, the Army authorized the establishment of a WAC Detachment in Vietnam. Soon, thereafter, the Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy also sent women to serve in various capacities.
In March 1973, under the Paris Peace Accords, the last women left Vietnam along with the remaining men. The impact they had in Vietnam set the stage for the expansion and integration of women into additional roles in the military. Today, women serve in areas of active combat, demonstrating their abilities and dedication to the mission.
Über den Autor:
Sergeant Major Donna A. Lowery is originally from Eugene, Oregon. She began her military career in the Women?s Army Corps (WAC) in June 1965 at Fort McClellan, Alabama, followed by training in the personnel field at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri.
While serving at Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, to her surprise, young 19-year-old SP4 Donna Lowery was selected as one of the initial group of Army enlisted women to serve in Vietnam, arriving in 1967. She served 19 months in country and counts that time as one of her most interesting assignments.
In her 26 years of service, Lowery was First Sergeant of four units and served four overseas tours. In 1973, she served at Fort McClellan, Alabama as a Senior Drill Sergeant. Lowery attended Class 27 of the Sergeants Major Academy. Lowery?s last assignment before retirement was the Fort Lewis, WA, G5 (Civil Affairs/Psychological Operations) SGM during Desert Storm. After her retirement from the Army, Lowery worked for the Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs and in other positions. She retired from the state in 2006.
Since her latest retirement, Lowery has been active in her community. She received one of the Governor?s 50 Volunteer Awards for her work with the homeless in 2010. Lowery received the Washington State Outstanding Woman Veteran award for 2011.
Women Vietnam Veterans: Our Untold Stories is a book project she has worked on for several years. She feels strongly that the world needs to know more about the courageous women who willingly served this country in a combat zone at a time when it was not seen as an appropriate thing to do.
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