Los Angeles Daily News Article by Dennis McCarthy
Received from David Pinto in November 2019.
It appears that Linda was not involved with AFVN, but it is another Donut Dolly story
and includes a link to 25+ other Donut Dolly Stories.
The story of the 853 (some sources say 863) who were were with Women's Army Corp, or the Air Force, Navy or Marines
and who served in Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
The above goes to the Allegany Trib news article titled "From World War II through Vietnam, women served in war zones as 'Dont Dollies'"
Were There Donut Dollies During World War One?
This site opens with an interesting introduction on how many women served, etc.
Click on "Enter site" at the bottom to go to the actual webpage.
Meeting a Donut Dollie for the First Time
Steven Pennington, Cpl, USMC, 1970-71
I remember the first Donut Dollie I came in contact with. I was at Da Nang, hunkered down in the cockpit of one of our planes, sweating profusely. I heard a voice behind me and thought it was heat stroke coming on. When I heard the voice a second time I turned around and looked straight at the most gorgeous green-eyed blond I could imagine. Then I REALLY thought I was hallucinating. Being the suave, debonair young man I was at the time I blurted out "Who the (expletive) are you?" She smiled and introduced herself and handed me an ice cold Coke, then turned and walked back to the Chaplains' jeep, turning around again to smile and waved. I will never forget that moment in time.
Blackhawks Soar with "Dollies"
Clipping from Camp Enari
Clipping from Chu Lai
Clipping from the 4th Infantry Division
Holly Watts, Donut Dollie (Video)
Holly's November 2013 interview at the Vietnam Memorial Wall.
(posted by"Your Stories, You Wall")
Women in Vietnam
During America's 10-year involvement in Southeast Asia, 5,905 military women served in Vietnam.
By Individaul Services they were:
U.S. Army 4,675
U.S. Navy 423
U.S. Marine Corps 36
U.S.Air Force 771
Number of women killed 8
Total number of U.S. military personnel who served in Vietnam: 2,709,965
Percentage of women service personnel in Vietnam: 0.218%
Received from Paul Kasper
Ken Leighty was the Compound Command of Special Services Recreation Center #4,
2nd Infantry Division. He has made a special effort to include the women who
worked in moral and recreation in Korea, especially ARC and Special Services.
This link is included here because of the many connections between the Donut Dollies,
USO and Special Services staff members, and AFVN during the Vietnam War.
Women in Vietnam
Primarily as Related to AFVN
Donut Dollies and Army Special Services
The above link goes in the Smithsonian article titled "World War I: 100 Years Later -- The Women Who Fried Donuts and Dodged Bombs on the Front Lines of WWI"
Daily Union, Johnson Creek, Wisconsin newspaper article about Emily Strange, Donut Dollie.
[Received from Paul Kasper in July 2016.]
When he sent it, Paul wrote that "Emily is a dear friend for many years, she was assigned to the
9th Infantary Division and the Mobile Riverine Fore. I seem to recall
her and another red cross lady being inveterviewed on AFVN."
Red Cross Volunteers Going Ashore in Normandy - 1944
A long collection of photos of nurses, Donut Dollies and other women who served during the Vietnam War.
Posted on Facebook by Nghia Ngoc Le
The Donut Dollies -- Paloma Productions
The story of two donut dollies who went back to Vietnam over 45 years late (approx. 90 minutes)
Article by Mark Woods, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida
Posted on Facebook in October 2020.
A Closeup of the Women's Memorial
Posted on Facebook by Tom Watson on September 24, 2019
Donut Dollie Susan Bradshaw McLean talks about her friend, Ginny Kirsch who was killed by a G.I. in Cu Chi.
Received from Jim Anderson
Elizabeth Allen, a psychiatric nurse who volunteered for the Army and Vietnam
talks about her experiences while at Cu Chi.