A Few Good Reads—Bibliography on Vietnam & Navy Nursing

Oral History Highlight Companion to Good Anesthesia in a War Zone

This short list of books contains titles that speak to the experiences of America’s military women serving in Vietnam and to Navy Nursing, as well as a basic text about women in the military that is a “must have” for anyone interested in the history of military women. This short bibliography offers a few titles for informational purposes; and is not intended to be a comprehensive list of all possible title on these topics.

Bigler, Philip. Hostile Fire: The Life and Death of First Lieutenant Sharon Lane. Falls Church, Va.: Vandamere Press, 1996.

Ebbert, Jean and Marie-Beth Hall. Crossed Currents: Navy Women from WWI To Tailhook. Washington, D.C.: Brassey’s, 1993.

Godson, Susan. Serving Proudly: Women in the Navy. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 2002.

Herman, Jan. Navy Medicine in Vietnam: Passage to Freedom to the Fall of Saigon, Washington, DC: Naval History & Heritage Command, 2010.

Holm, Jeanne M., Major General, U.S. Air Force, (Ret.). Women in the Military: An Unfinished Revolution, rev. ed. Novato, Calif.: Presidio Press, 1992.

Hovis, Bobbi, Lt. Commander, U.S. Navy Nurse Corps, (Ret.). Station Hospital Saigon: A Navy Nurse in Vietnam 1963-1964. Annapolis, Md.: Naval Institute Press, 1992.

Ibach, Maryanne Gallagher, Rear Admiral, U.S. Navy Reserve. “Memories of Navy Nursing: The Vietnam Era.” vietnamwomensmemorial.org. Unknown date. Web. 28 July 2014.


Sterner, Doris. In and Out of Harm’s Way: History of the Navy Nurse Corps. Seattle: Peanut Butter Publishing, 1997.

Walker, Keith. A Piece of My Heart, New York, NY: Presidio Press/Random House, 2009.


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If you are, or know of, a servicewoman, past or present, who wishes to conduct an oral history interview, please contact Robbie Fee at the Women’s Memorial Foundation at oralhistory@womensmemorial.org or call 703-533-1155/800-222-2294.

(August 2014)