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Diane Radlowski

  Diane Radlowski

  U.S. Army Nurse Corps,   3d Field Hospital,
  Saigon, Vietnam 1970-1971

  D.O.V.E. Fund member since 2015

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Diane Radlowski  
In 1970 I joined the Army Nurse Corps and chose to go to Vietnam to help the men sent there.

It certainly was an eventful year in my life, being in a totally different culture, in the Army and living in a war zone. Our hospital was in a former school house. Meeting Americans from all parts of the country, and Puerto Rico was edifying. You bond quickly when your environment is limited and you work 12 hour shifts. Like all the nurses, I knew that my experience did not compare to what the men in the field had to endure. Along with the never-ending flow of wounded soldiers, I still had lingering doubts about the war and a little “survivors guilt.” However, our nursing expertise was needed. The men coming in were often happy to see a “round eye woman” as a reminder of home.

Over the years, I thought of Vietnam often and finally returned in 2013 with my youngest son. While it was an enjoyable trip, the poverty could not be ignored. Later that year, I attended a program sponsored by D.O.V.E. Fund and was impressed with what this small group were doing to help the Vietnamese people. I went on to join the Board and returned to Vietnam in 2016 with my husband, Ed who also became a Board member in 2016.

Ed and I returned to Vietnam with the D.O.V.E. Fund in 2017 and look forward to continue our work helping the people of Vietnam.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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