Ann Mariano remembered as pioneering war correspondent
Friends remember Ann Mariano as a quiet, shy woman with an unarming personality. Except when it came to nailing down military generals. "That was one of the things that surprised me, too. In the briefings, she would ask some of the toughest questions anybody ever asked," recalled Tracy Wood, a reporter who met Mariano while covering Vietnam war. Mariano is remembered as a pioneering war correspondent who was unafraid to take on unfriendly military leaders and even male colleagues who felt women had no place in war reporting. She was one of less than a dozen women reporters living and reporting full time in Vietnam during the war.
Film documents Vietnamese women's war efforts (Article no longer available from the original source)
Popular culture has given us stereotypical images of Vietnamese women during the Vietnam War, from the meek villager to streetwalker trying to pick up American soldiers. Hidden Warriors: Women on the Ho Chi Minh Trail portrays a reality of women who left home to fight, even forming all-female divisions and playing key roles in smuggling supplies. "It's a very powerful documentary, and these women shouldn't be forgotten," says an assistant professor of history Lien-Hang Nguyen. One of the points the film makes is that they are being forgotten, left in poverty after serving their country.
The Nightingales of Vietnam - documentary
The WE TV shows a documentary, "Vietnam Nurses With Dana Delany," that presents oral histories of nearly a dozen women who tended to wounded American soldiers in Vietnam. This band of sisters is presented, at first, in rapid-fire sound bites and quick introductions. Their stories - why they volunteered, and their first impressions when they got there. They are so similar, yet the words they choose are so singular, they're unforgettable. "I was young. So young. Nobody was ever that young," one sayd. "Florence Nightingale was a combat nurse," says another. "So I wanted to be a combat nurse, also."
One of the most unforgettable pictures of the Vietnam War
Kim Phuc was nine when her village was mistakenly hit with a napalm bomb dropped by a South Vietnamese pilot. The photo of young Phuc, running naked through the street, her skin ablaze with napalm, has remained seared into the minds of many. The picture was such that the photographer Nick Ut received a Pulitzer Prize. A woman, who as a young girl was the focus of what is now called one of the most unforgettable pictures of the Vietnam War, will be sharing her story in Zurich. "She's going to tell the story of her life from that moment. She basically went through hell."
Story of survival in wartime - The Story of Kathleen
It began on May 15, 1969, when the First Infantry Division (the "Big Red 1") radioed for a "dust-off" air evacuation. Troops had just entered a small Vietnamese village which had been wiped out by the enemy. Everyone was dead, except for one infant baby locked in her dead mother's arms. Still, Captain Donna Rowe told the dust-off helicopter to "come ahead" with the casualty, even though it was outside of regulations. Mother's arms had to be broken in order to free her - and at that point it was discovered she had fragment wounds. Mother had saved her life by holding her. She survived hours of surgery, and is now married mother in northern California.
Vietnam War photojournalist Catherine Leroy dies
Catherine Leroy, the French-born photojournalist whose stark images of battle helped tell the story of the Vietnam War in the pages of Life magazine and other publications, has died. She was 21 years old in 1966 when she went to Saigon to document American troops in Vietnam. A year later she became the only accredited journalist to participate in a combat parachute jump, joining the 173rd Airborne in Operation Junction City. In 1968, during the Tet Offensive, she was captured by the North Vietnamese Army. She managed to talk her way out and emerged with images of the North Vietnamese Army in action that were used for a Life magazine cover.
Tasmania's Vietnam War veterans - Wives recall differently (Article no longer available from the original source)
Tasmania's Vietnam War veterans seem a tough lot made silent when shunned on return from Australia's most unpopular of wars in the early 1970s. But their wives tell a different story. "Many of the men haven't been able to communicate, not about the war, or anything." Many veterans were still suffering because of the way they were treated when they came home from the war. "Returning soldiers on a vessel that docked at Adelaide were then told to find their own way home."
Diaries of a North Vietnamese - Saved by intelligence officer
By day, she amputated limbs and comforted the wounded. By night, she filled tiny notebooks with thoughts on suffering and the petty politics undermining the Communist Party and her hatred of American "pirates who drink the people's blood but don't smell the stench." 35 years after a U.S. intelligence officer saved them from being burned, the poignant diaries of a North Vietnamese surgeon named Dang Thuy Tram have reconciled once-bitter enemies. Their publication has become a sensation in Vietnam, opening floodgates of memories in a nation long disciplined to take a sanitized, glorified view of the conflict.
Lone woman at frontline of Vietnam War horrors
Jean Debelle had only been in the war zone for days when the hospital in which she worked was rocked by a blast around 5am on a steamy Vietnamese morning. It shook the bed of 26-year-old Jean and she awoke terrified. ... "I was told the only women going to Vietnam were nurses and Go-Go dancers. I couldn't nurse and I couldn't Go-Go dance." As a welfare officer for wounded troops, she found herself on a flight with the first Special Air Services squad sent into the nightmare of the Vietnam War. "I was assigned to the elite Phantoms of the Jungle - about 100 of the fittest, most handsome men I have seen."