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"We would sunbathe on the deck, and it would be like the 4th of July, and you knew a lot of casualties were coming in, so you’d hurry and get your uniform on." (Video Interview, 6:49)

   Sharolyn Walcutt
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Sharolyn Walcutt
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Navy Nurse Corps
Unit: USS Repose (AH 16); Oaknoll Naval Hospital
Service Location: St. Albans, New York; Oakland, California; Vietnam
Rank: Lieutenant Commander
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Stationed on the Repose, a hospital ship anchored off the coast of Vietnam, Sharolyn Walcutt was among the first group of nurses to serve in Vietnam, arriving in 1965. The war was something that was close enough to sometimes see and hear and yet the Repose was a kind of refuge, too. Following her one-year stint, Walcutt literally saw the world, taking the long way back to the States through India, the Middle East, and Europe. Walcutt formed many close, long-running relationships from her days aboard the Repose.

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Decision to join the Navy; early days in service. (02:17) Work routine aboard ship; treating Vietnamese children and women. (03:08) Dealing with trauma; seeing the dead and maimed. (00:38)
Pressure, camaraderie. (01:10) Long-term friendships; end of service; coming home. (03:44) Dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. (02:11)
Story behind a 1965 photo of her in Vietnam. (01:12)  

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