Women in Vietnam: A Bibliography
Compiled by the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation, Inc.

“Healing Wounds: A Vietnam War Combat Nurse’s 10-Year Fight to Win Women a Place of Honor in Washington, D.C.” by Diane Carlson Evans with Bob Welch.  By Permuted Press LLC

Anderson, Robin Leigh. Accept the Broken Heart. Brandon, MS: Foundations L.L.C., 2016. Anica Pless Kaiser, Joyce Wang, Eve H. Davison, Crystal L. Park & Jeanne Mager Stellman. Stressful and positive experiences of women who served in Vietnam, Journal of Women & Aging. 29:1, 26-38. 2017.

Anderson, Robin Leigh. Accept the Broken Heart. Brandon, MS: Foundations L.L.C., 2016.

Dickinson, Mary. “The Child I Couldn’t Forget,” Good Housekeeping. pp. 157-158, 240-241, May 1988.

Figley, Charles R. (Ed.) Trauma and Its Wake, Volume II. New York: Bruner/Mazel, 1986.

Heikkila, Kim. Sisterhood of War, Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2011.

Holm, Jeanne (Maj. Gen.,USAF, Ret.). Women in the Military, California: Presidio Press, 1982.

Lar, Lisa A., All They Left Behind, Legacies of the Men and Women on the Wall, Vietnam Veterans Memorial Fund: M.T. Publishing Company, Inc. (2012)

MacPherson, Myra. “Vietnam Nurses,” Ms. Magazine. pp. 52, 54, 104-106, June, 1984.

Marshall, Kathryn. In the Combat Zone: An Oral History of American Women in Vietnam. Boston: Little, Brown, and Company, 1987.

MINERVA: Quarterly Report on Women and the Military. The MINERVA Center, Arlington, VA.


Mithers, Carol Lynn. “Missing in Action: Women Warriors in Vietnam,” Cultural Critique, New York: Telos Press, No. 3, pp. 79-90. Spring 1986

Norman, Elizabeth. “Post-traumatic Stress Disorder in Military Nurses Who Served In Vietnam During the War Years 1965-1973,” Military Medicine. 153:pp. 238-242, 1988.

Palmer, Laura. Shrapnel in the Heart: Letters and Remembrances from the Vietnam Veterans Memorial. New York: Random House, 1987.

Paul, Elizabeth. “Wounded Healers: A Summary of the Vietnam Nurse Veteran Project,” Military Medicine 150: pp. 571-576. November, 1985.

Rogers, Barbara and Janet Nickolaus. “Vietnam Nurses,” Journal of Psychosocial Nursing. 25, No.4: pp. 11-15, 1987.

Scharfman, Susan. “America’s Invisible Veterans,” Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States Magazine. 77, No. 3: pp. 26-28, 50, November 1989.

Schnaier, Jenny. Women Vietnam Veterans and Their Experiences and Post-Traumatic Stress (Thesis). University of Maryland, 1982.

Spelts, Doreen. “Nurses Who Served and Did Not Return,” American Journal of Nursing 86: pp. 1037-1039, 1987.

Tamerius, Rita. “Vietnam: A Legacy of Healing,” California Nursing Review. 10, No.5: pp. 14-17, 34-38, 44-48, September/October 1988.

Van DeVanter, Lynda and Christopher Morgan. Home Before Morning. New York: Warner Books, 1983.

Vuic, Kara Dixon, Officer, Nurse, Woman, Baltimore: Johns Hopkins University Press. Explores gender issues in a male-dominated army within the context of a growing feminist movement and changing nursing profession. (2011) (

Walker, Keith. A Piece of My Heart: The Stories of Twenty-six American Women Who Served in Vietnam. California: Presidio Press, 1985.

Women in the Military: A Selective Bibliography, Washington, D.C., Pentagon Library, June 1987.

The following information was generously submitted by Ann Kelsey

Bigler, Philip. Hostile Fire: The Life & Death of First Lieutenant Sharon Lane. Arlington, VA: Vandamere Press. 1996

Christie, Jeanne Marie. “The Basic Premise of the ‘Donut Dolly’ Program Was Simple: A Soldier Couldn’t Laugh and Cry at the Same Time.” Vietnam 11(3): 62-68. 1998

Elwood-Akers, Virginia. Women War Correspondents in the Vietnam War, 1961-1975. Metuchan, NJ: Scarecrow Press. 1988.

Friedl, Vicki L. Women in the United States Military, 1901-1995: A Research Guide and Annotated Bibliography. Westport, CT Greenwood. 1996.

Hunter, Carol A.. “At Least 58 American Civilian Women – Government Employees As Well As Others – Died in Vietnam.” Vietnam 11(2): 18, 62-63. 1998.

Kates, Nancy D., producer. Their Own Vietnam [Motion Picture]. 23 min. Videocassette (VHS). New York: Women Make Movies. 1995.

Lewis-Dickerson, Sharon and Ann Kelsey. “For the Troops: Civilian Women in Vietnam.” The VVA Veteran 13(October): 15-18, 23. 1993.

Norman, Elizabeth M. Women at War: The Story of Fifty Military Nurses Who Served in Vietnam. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press. 1990.

Smith, Winnie. American Daughter Gone to War: On the Front Lines with an Army Nurse in Vietnam. New York : William Morrow. 1992.

Wood, Mitch, producer. No Time for Tears: Vietnam: The Women Who Served. [Motion picture]. 59 min., Videocassette (VHS). New York: West End Films. 1993.

Allred, Lenna H. “Women in a Man’s World: American Women in the War in Vietnam.” Ph. D. thesis, Texas A&M University, College Station, TX. 1995.

Hunter, Carol A.. “A Touch of Home: Red Cross Recreation Workers in the Vietnam War.” Masters thesis, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, N.M. 1994.

Kearney, Angele M. “The In-Country Experience: American Women Who Served in the Vietnam War.” Masters thesis, East Carolina University, Greenville, N.C. 1997.

Salvatore, Maxine B. “Women After War: Vietnam Experiences and Post-Traumatic Stress: Contributions to Social Adjustment Problems of Red Cross Workers and Military Nurses.” PhD thesis, Simmons College, Boston,
MA. 1992

Weber, Maryann L. “Forgotten Sacrifices: American Civilian Women in the Vietnam War.” Masters thesis, San Jose State University, San Jose, CA. 1996.

Courageous Women of the Vietnam War: Medics, Journalists, Survivors, and More (Women of Action)
by Kathryn J. Atwood and Diane Carlson Evans | May 1, 2018

When I Die I’m Going to Heaven ‘Cause I’ve Spent My Time in Hell: A Memoir of My Year As an Army Nurse in Vietnam Paperback – August 6, 2018
by Barbara Kautz (Author)

Vietnam Nurse: Mending & Remembering Paperback – May 26, 2015
by Lou Eisenbrandt (Author)

Fort Chastity, Vietnam, 1969 Paperback – October 7, 2015
by Bernadette J. Harrod RN (Author)

M*A*S*H Vietnam: What it’s like to be a war nurse Paperback – November 3, 2018
by Lorna Griess (Author)

Vietnam War Nurses: Personal Accounts of 18 Americans 1st Edition
by Patricia Rushton (Editor)

The Vietnam War in Film
A Selected Bibliography compiled by Sandra M. Wittman

A Selected Bibliography compiled by Sandra M. Wittman
Adair, Gilbert. Vietnam on Film: From The Green Berets to Apocalypse Now. New York: Proteus, 1981.

Anderegg, Michael, ed. Inventing Vietnam: The War in Film and Television. Philadelphia: Temple University Press, 1991.

Devine, Jeremy M. Vietnam at 24 Frames a Second: A Critical and Thematic Analysis of Over 400 Films About the Vietnam War. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1995.

Dittmar, Linda and Gene Michaud. From Hanoi to Hollywood: The Vietnam War in American Film. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers University Press, 1990.

Gilman, Owen W., Jr. and Lorrie Smith. America Rediscovered: Critical Essays on Literature and Film of the Vietnam War. New York: Garland, 1990.

Johnson, Victoria E., comp. Vietnam on Film and Television: Documentaries in the Library of Congress. Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, Motion Picture, Broadcasting and Recorded Sound Division, 1989.

Malo, Jean-Jacques and Tony Williams, eds. Vietnam War Films: Over 600 Feature, Made-for-TV, Pilot, and Short Movies, 1939-1992, from the United States, Vietnam, France, Belgium, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa, Great Britain, and other Countries. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1994.

Muse, Eben J. The Land of Nam: The Vietnam War in American Film. Lanham, Md. :Scarecrow Press, 1995.

Searle, William J. Search and Clear: Critical Responses to Selected Literature and Films of the Vietnam War. Bowling Green, Ohio: Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 1988.

Shapiro, Chuck and DeAvian Shipes. The Vietnam War on Film. Los Angeles: American Film Institute, 1988.

Smith, Myron J. Air War, Southeast Asia, 1961-1973: An Annotated Bibliography and 16mm Film Guide. Metuchen, N.J.: Scarecrow Press, 1979.

Wilson, James. Vietnam in Prose and Film. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland, 1982.

See also, Vietnam: The Hollywood Pariah, Stuart J. Kobak’s essay for Films on Disc which discusses the movie industry’s treatment of Vietnam.