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"Many times the guys would wake up and say to you, 'Did I die? Did I go to heaven? You’re the first round-eyed woman I’ve seen in months.'" (Video Interview, 20:14)

   Julia M. Grabner Haskell
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Julia Haskell at the 91st Evacuation Hospital Tuy Hoa, Vietnam [1969]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army Nurse Corps
Unit: 6th Convalescent Center; 91st Evacuation Hospital
Service Location: Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; Fort Sam Houston, Texas (basic training); Tuy Hoa, Vietnam; Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam
Rank: First Lieutenant
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In 1968, as the Vietnam War became a flash point of controversy for many young Americans, 23-year-old Julia Grabner enlisted in the Army simply because she saw a need for nurses. In her interview, she’s honest about the intensity of her duty experiences: treating GI casualties as well as Vietnamese villagers, and the hard partying with her “big brother” comrades that helped relieve the stress of her 72-hour work weeks. Grabner didn’t leave the lessons of her experiences behind; she has worked with veteran support groups and to educate young people about the aftershocks of war.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (9 clips)
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»Photo Album  (3 photos)
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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (9 items)
Training in ER procedures; off to Vietnam. (02:33) Last leg of trip to Vietnam; arrival. (02:06) Her duty station and duties; dealing with orphans. (02:19)
Her “big brothers”; weekend parties; long hours. (04:00) Dealing with GI patients. (01:18) Treating villagers with medicine and advice. (02:42)
Coming home to a hostile reception. (04:07) Starting a women’s veterans group. (01:43) Dealing with war’s trauma; working with vets; educating teens about war. (03:22)

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