Smoke hangs over 105-mm howitzers as U.S. marines pour artillery shells into the A Shau Valley during Operation DEWEY CANYON I in Quang Tri Province in northern South Vietnam in 1969. The operation began on January 22, 1969; its objective was to deny Communist forces access to the populated coastal lowlands
In Sisterhood of War: Minnesota Women in Vietnam (Minnesota Historical Society Press), Kim Heikkila explores the role women played in the Vietnam War. She explains that nurses played a significant role in the war zone, providing high levels of care under tough conditions. Like many soldiers, they also often came back home with psychological trauma.
A nurse lands in the Saigon River during a recent maneuver in Vietnam on Dec. 28, 1964. The parachuting nurses, a new corps which is flown into battle areas and dropped to attend to the wounded, is one of the most recent uses of women in the government?s struggle against the Viet Cong. (AP Photo/Horst Faas) ID: 6412280130