This Army Medic is Proud to host
this site for these
Doc Dentice was a Medic in CuChi, Vietnam in 1967/1968
Welcome Home from "Doc" to all of our Donut Dollies.
A Trip Back To Nam
Mary Blanchard-Bowe and Dorset Hoogland Anderson
The untold story of American women, who volunteered to go to Vietnam
on an impossible mission: To help the Troops forget about the war.
Two Dollies will retrace their 1968/1969 tour of duty In-Country.
Cu Chi - Na Trang - Tuy Hoa - Cam Rahn Bay - Pleiku - Qui Nhon
Their entire trip to Vietnam, will be captured on film, for all to remember.
Watch the video, and help make this happen..........
ANY DOLLIES SEEING THEIR PICTURE
ON THIS SITE WITHOUT THEIR NAME
PLEASE CONTACT "DOC"
Have pictures you would like to share with other Dollies & our Troops?
Please send them to "Doc"
Name / Names & When & Where they were taken.
Doc has the MP3 if you want to hear a WWII Donut Dollie story.
Donut Dollies Honored in Milwaukee,
WI. Memorial Day Parade
ANYONE HAVE NAMES FOR THESE DOLLIES??
Does anyone know who this Dollie is?
Let "Doc" Know
Also contact Joe Gwizdak
HHC, 3rd Bde, 101st ABN Div.
(Thunder Aviation) at Camp Evans in Northern I corps
Summer of 1969
OKAY DOLLIES - IF YOUR IN THE PICTURE ABOVE - LET DOC KNOW!
MARGOT IS 3RD FROM THE RIGHT IN SUNGLASSES IN THE PICTURE
Doc would like to know who these Dollies are, and where the picture was taken.
Bryan Smothers would like to credit the person who shot this original, pay them for usage rights, and get a high resolution image.
He is writing a book on his Vietnam experience and wants to use this photo.
Does anyone know who this Dollie is?
Phu Loi, Vietnam January of 1967
Let "Doc" Know
Sgt E5 Terrence M.Fitzgerald
He Talked with this Dollie in Nam
I don't know their names - they were in our lives for only a couple of hours but they were a very nice couple of hours.
The picture was Christmas Day, 1966 in a rubber plantation not far from Blackhorse Base Camp.
The Dollies are entertaining F Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment.
Glad to see your Donut Dollies Tribute website - those ladies deserve recognition.
They had no political axe to grind, they weren't getting rich and they were a long way from home.
They were there only to make us feel good..
Howard C. Batt, Esq. - Clearwater, Florida
Robert Park is asking who these Dollies are?
General Fred Weyand welcoming two Donut Dollies to CuChi in 1966
Jackson Library, The University of North Carolina at Greensboro.
I was in VN 70-71, stationed at Chu Lai, Cam Ranh Bay, and Phan Rang ..
Dale "Paige" Dempsey (right) and fellow Red Cross worker Diane Johnson lead a quiz game
for six pictured servicemen as a part of recreation activities at Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam, in 1968
Courtesy of koreaatourofduty.us
Emily & Julie at Doc's
Wisconsin POW-MIA Balloon Launch in Milwaukee
Wow. Just visited your Donut Dollie Tribute.
Thanks Doc so much for doing this......and thank you for your service.
Joyce Rice Denke - Donut Dollie
Vietnam 70-71, Danang and Cam Rahn Bay
Photos courtesy of Mary Ellen McKeny - Donut Dollie - Vietnam
Nov 66 - Oct 67; Danang / An Khe and Cu Chi
The Dollie top row (R) is Mary Ellen Supak Ypsilanti, MI.
Donut Dollie Reunion July 2010 St Petersburg, Florida
Thanks Mary Jo Schenk
Pictures For Doc's Dollie Site Courtesy
Of Sharon Cummings - Donut Dollie
Dollies At The 2007 Dallas Reunion - Sharon is bottom center in pink.
DOLLIES AT CHICAGO WELCOME HOME PARADE 1986
DOLLIES AT WASH.D.C. PARADE
Ginnie & Lori
April 1968 in Phu Loi. Vietnam
Thanks Curt Lance - C Co, 1st Bn, 28th Inf, 1st Inf Div...
Maggie Ware Pierson - TeT 1968 - Saigon Vietnam
Jeanne Marie Bokina Christie "Sam"
DONUT DOLLIE - VIETNAM - 1967 in Phan Rang
Served In: Nha Trang, Da Nang, Phan Rang
I was with A Troop 3/5 Cav. Supporting the 101st, in 1969.
This picture was taken of one our guys with some (Dollie Betsy?)
Camp Evans area north of Hue City - 101st Dollies
Wanted to pass it on after running upon your website.
Looking For My Dollie Friends
I served from '68-69 in Qui Nhon and Bien Hoi. I would so love to get in touch with old friends.
Maryd. Coster (Marydiane Coon)
Looking for Donut Dollie Ginnie
Berryman - 68/69 Danang, Vietnam
Rob Wood - Las Cruces, New Mexico
Thank you for posting the picture of my book.
But, most of all, thank you for setting up this beautiful web site.
I go to it quite often, and truly enjoy the pictures and the memories they bring back.
Other Dollies have told me they sure appreciate your doing this for them.
I have received emails from people who have stumbled upon it.
They email me and tell me that they have found this great Donut Dolly web site and send me the link.
I always go to the web site, spend some time looking at it, and then thank the person who sent me there.
I tell them how much I enjoyed it.
Your work has made a lot of people happy.
Joann Puffer Kotcher
2nd502 Tribute To The Donut Dollies
According to the Red Cross Museum,
a total of 899 Donut Dollies served in South Korea from
1953 to 1973 traveling almost three million miles by jeep and helicopter.
Another 627 served with the SRAO in Vietnam from 1962 to 1973.
Americal Donut Dollies - Vietnam - Thanks A Company 4/3 for the Pics
SGT OWENS with 2 DONUT DOLLIES ON FIREBASE CHARLE 2 ON
THE DMZ with 1st Bn 61st Infantry 5th Divison May 1971
Members and supporters of Vietnam Veteran's Chapter 767, of Racine Wisconsin portray Donut Dollies in the annual July 4th parade.
Donut Dollies was the affectionate name given to American Red Cross Recreational Workers in Vietnam.
These young women brought a "Touch Of Home" to our troops serving in combat zones.
THANKS STEVE - MONROE UTAH
Just wanted to thank you Doc
I was in Vietnam as a "DD" in 69-70 at
Cu Chi, Cam Ranh Bay and Phan Rang
Doc, here is a photo of a group of Donut Dollies in the field. We
were stationed with the 25th Infantry in Cu Chi. This was taken in
early 1970. MK Shannon is front & center. I had this picture taken to send to
my Dad. I was an Air Force brat.
This is from the Air Force Base in Phan Rang
Du Drop Inn - Red Cross Recreation Center.
MK is on the right............
1970 at FSB A4 (Con Thien), Quang Tri provence/Vietnam
By Minda Armstrong
I watch her eyes dance to the memory screened before her.
As cast in stone, her body is a speechless monument to buried truths of glory.
Her silence is broken by questions of what was-
With answers of what should never have been.
Her smiles and play-games, mere diversion from death, cloaked the ghosts of an unspoken war.
Dedicated to the "Donut Dollies" of the Red Cross
These "Donut Dollies" were Red Cross workers stationed in the "war zone."
In 1968, they posed on the Cam Ranh Bay beach in Viet Nam for a group picture
15th Field Artillery Regiment
C/7/15 Captain with
ROK commander and
USO "donut dollies"Vietnam
Photo: Dave Holdorf
E Company - 2/7 Marines - Vietnam
Redcross - Vietnam Sanctuary
THE GALS DRESSED IN POWDER BLUE
What's a girl doing in a place like this?
You were all so beautiful and full of grace
We could not take our eyes off their round eyes or their legs
And the way the area smelled when they were around
Set our heads and hearts a spinning
They were the girls from back home
That came to help us forget for a while where we were
We called you our Donut Dollies
But they were much more than that to us
You were our moms, our sisters, our girlfriends and wife's
Who brought to us a sense of sanity in an insane world of war
They touched not only our hands, they touch our hearts
But more than that they touched our souls
They shared with us the same hardships, the same sadness,
The same joys that war brings to the mind, heart, and soul
These girls in blue gave us hope, and they gave us love
They gave us themselves in a moment in time
The journey we shared made us brothers and sisters
And a few became our soul-mates of the soul
Thank you for being there, thank you for playing the games,
Serving us meals, for singing to us, and loving us when
So few cared about us from back home
We used to call you our Donut Dollies
But now we call you our heroes dressed in powder blue
We are still amazed by your round eyes and legs
For all of us are still dreaming the dreams of 20 year olds
And we still see you through the eyes of innocent boys
Becoming old men before our time
We found that blue is a great color to wear to a war
©Copyright November 15, 2008 by Kerry "Doc"
Red Cross "Donut Dolly" in Vietnam in '67-'68, stationed at An Khe, Danang and Cu Chi
Virtual Vietnam Wall Volunteer
627 Donut Dollies served in Vietnam
$4,800 Approximate annual starting salary
2 million Miles traveled in jeeps, trucks and helicopters
7 years Length of program in Vietnam
ANYONE HAVING PICTURES OR STORY'S
OF DONUT DOLLIES THEY WANT POSTED ON
THIS SITE PLEASE SEND ME AN EMAIL WITH THE PICTURE AND NAME AND SHORT STORY!
Jeff Doc Dentice
CuChi, Vietnam 67/68 - Medic
Susan Bradshaw McLean
(Donut Dollie in Vietnam 1970 -71)
An Khe in the Central Highlands
Donut Dollie-CuChi Vietnam
YOU ARE MISSED GREATLY BY SO MANY........
(Ironic to Doc Dentice to here this story-He was stationed at the 25th at the 25th Med Bn.
which was very close to Ginnys billet area.)But in 67/68-much earlier.
And the fact that this Vet who admitted Killing Ginny, was transferred to Wood, Wisconsin which is
part of the Zablocki VA grounds next to the now Miller Park is surreal.
Doc left Nam in July 68 and worked a mile away from Wood - VA Grounds.
I hung around this entire area for many years.
That he was just released into Milwaukee, and that was that, is pathetic.
Ginny was Susans best friend in Vietnam..
Both met in training in Wash.D.C.
"Ginny is dead. She was murdered last night by a soldier at Cu Chi."
Susan couldn't hear anything after that. She thought "Oh my God no! It can't be true." But it was true!
Ginny was stabbed to death by a GI in her billet at the headquarters of the 25th Infantry.
She had been there only one week.
The Red Cross billet was less that 200 yards from division headquarters and only 100 yards from the Officer's Club.
The billets were under military police guard at night.
Ginny was the first Red Cross worker to have been murdered in the 17-year history of overseas service.
Back at The Wall now, Susan once again feels the pain and anger of Ginny's loss.
She is outraged at the tragic irony of Ginny being murdered by someone she came to serve.
She laments the great injustice of her killer being honorably discharged and residing comfortably in the air-conditioned confines of a psychiatric ward.
And Susan is disappointed that the only recognition of Ginny's sacrifice is her name on a rock in the Red Cross headquarters' garden.
Ginny is a patriot who gave her life for her country.
She has earned a place on The Wall. But her name is not there! And her presence is sorely missed.
READ THE STORY ABOUT GINNY
Avonia C. LeVan; Teacher, Donut Dolly in WWII
Avonia Crosthwaite LeVan started a United Service Organization on Iwo Jima.
After the war, she created and managed a Red Cross facility in Germany.
Found your Dollies site-Thank You
I too was in Vetnam 1967-1968. 25th div. 1/5 Mech.
Maybe you can help me find a Dollie from Cu- Chi????
She was a Donut Dollie from Washington state from a little town called Camas.
She grew up just down the road from there. We spent about 3 hours talking about old swiming holes,
cruising the D.Q. down town. At the time it made me forget about the war.
I would love to find her and thank her. Joe (Red) Burdick
These three pictures were taken at FSB Veghel - I Corps - the summer of 1970.
173rd Airborne - Vietnam - 1968
1/83rd field artillery
I love the Donut Dollies and give each and every one
of them the credit
they deserve for coming over there and visiting with us.
I remember the first time I saw them after not seeing a round eye for a couple months.
It took my breath away, I was scared to talk to them for fear they weren't real.
Each time was really a special occasion.
God bless them all. My hats off to each and every one of them.
Thank You girls for serving your country and thank you for your unselfish act.
You all deserve your very own Award Plaque and a Flag officiated by the United States
of America designated to the Doughnut Dollies of America.
THANK YOU for your service! Sincerly:Roger Bombardier Sp-5 a Vietnam Veteran 69-70
One-time 'Donut Dolly' Has a Lasting Red Cross
Debby MacSwain is nothing if not humble. "Let me tell you who you should really do a story on," she said.
From those words, you would never guess that she has 44 years of American Red Cross service under her belt.
Deborah MacSwain with an unidentified soldier in Vietnam in 1969
Beth Bryan Critton
Thanks Carrie - I salute your Mom for her service to our Veterans in Vietnam!....Jeff Doc Dentice - Vietnam Medic
Couture Carrie, an East Coast girl who tracks down the latest trends from YSL, Thakoon and all
your other favourites, tells us why her mother still has her
wearing bell bottoms and vintage synthetics, and how it all started with wartime slide shows.
My earliest true fashion icon was my mother. By the time I understood the intrinsic power of fashion -
subscribing to Vogue at age 12 and saving my babysitting money
to buy clothes - my mother's style had (d)evolved into a fairly utilitarian soccer-mom sort of chic
that I had no desire to emulate. My inspiration derived, rather, from her past.
My mother was a Donut Dolly with the Red Cross during the Vietnam War,
and she and her fellow Dollies would often put on "fashion shows" for the soldiers in Vietnam to entertain them...
MACV- Ferry's Dollies around Vietnam
(Christmas in Vietnam, 1969)
by Jim Schueckler
By SHARON LONGMAN
Special to The Oakland Press
Joann Kotcher was a "Donut Dolly" during the Vietnam War.
The recruitment ad circa 1967 asked "Are you creative? Could you develop an interesting program on travel, holidays, sports, music,
or current events? The American Red Cross Needs Qualified Young Women Who Are Willing To Serve One Year Overseas .
" Among the qualifications: "The job requires considerable ingenuity and a capacity for hard work under far less than ideal conditions.
" More than 600 young, college-degreed women took the job.
The Vietnam War Donut Dolllies hopped helicopters and duece-and-a-halfs to combat zones armed only with a smile and a bag of games,
bringing "round eyes" and a touch of home to troops in the field. Three decades after the war, they tell their untold story.
Arrowhead Films, who made the touching movie
"In the Shadow of the Blade"
has created a documentary about the Donut Dollies.
TOUCH OF HOME:
THE VIETNAM WAR'S RED CROSS GIRLS"
The World Premiere of this movie was in Dallas, Texas.
April 21, 2007:
For details contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
photos and film clips at:
The women who served in the American Red Cross Supplemental Recreation Activities Overseas (SRAO) program
that we refer to as "Donut Dollies" were civilians. We volunteered to go to war and, for the most part, could
choose where we were stationed (not the unit, but the country) and when we left.
Regarding the name, Donut Dolly. We didn't make or serve donuts--too hot! In fact, there were no donut
machines in Vietnam and most of don't recall ever having seen any donuts during our entire tour.
Here's a little history about the name. It was the GIs in Korea
(in the 1950's) who gave the Red Cross Recreation workers
the nickname, "Donut Dolly." The women had donut machines and could make up to 20,000 donuts a day when the
troop ships came in. As you can see they earned that name! We just inherited it.
Who is this Dollie in CuChi, Vietnam?
The blonde is Christine Campbell ... Sharon Cummings is on the left.
Dollies: Women in Vietnam
Sharon (Vander Ven) Cummings
ARC SRAO (Donut Dollie)
April 1966 April 1967
Washington, DC - Training Classbookmark this member invite this member to be a friend From album Donut Dollies by member 1ltken
.....Submitted by Betty Denney, Red Cross Donut Dollie, Korea 1967/68
Around or near Hiep Duc Valley
Anyone know these Dollies?
3rd platoon, Co. A, 4/31st, 196th, Americal troops
So far, no one on the Donut Dollie list has been able to identify the 2 DDs in the photo.
However, it has brought up an interesting discussion about how the rules changed ......................
or more accurately were ignored ................ between when the first DDs went in country '65-'66 and
when they were pulled out '70-71 ...................... such as the length of uniform skirts and physical contact with the men.
Thanks for the memories.
See you Doc in New Glarus,WI. for Winterfest 2012
In the Middle of World War I, millions of homesick American "doughboys" were served up countless
doughnuts by women volunteers, trying to give the soldiers a taste of home.
Dollies at FSB bases in Vietnam
Asheville VA Medical Center - Asheville, NC
'Donut Dolly' serving in Iraq
35 years and still going strong
By Spc. Blanka Stratford
CAMP ANACONDA, Iraq (March 19, 2004) - During the Vietnam War, the American
Red Cross provided aide to
U.S. servicemembers as well as Vietnamese refugees. At the height of its involvement in 1968, the Red Cross sent approximately 480
field directors, hospital personnel, and recreation assistants to support the growing number of servicemen at various bases and hospitals.
Virginia Wren, now serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom, was one of these people.
Wren was a 7th grade teacher in 1968 when she decided to take a leap of chance and go to an employment agency,
asking for public service work and travel. They offered her Girl Scouts or the Red Cross.
While Wren was in Vietnam, the Red Cross also lost one woman named Hannah Crews.
The closure, said Wren, came in 1993, when the Women Veterans Parade Group had the Women Veterans of Vietnam memorial in
Washington D.C. Hannah's father came to meet the Doughnut Dollies, helping them through unshed tears.
Immediately after Vietnam, Wren went to the Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, hospital to take care of fellow veterans. She did hospital service
from the early to mid-70s, then spent most of the 80's working for the Red Cross in Germany. From 1991 to 1993, she served in the
first Persian Gulf War. Following the Gulf War, she arrived in Landstuhl, Germany, six days before the Sarajevo bombing. She stayed in
Germany until 1997, and then served in Korea and Japan until 1999.
"One of the happiest moments in my life occurred right after I arrived in Landstuhl," she said. "I ran into a soldier at the main intersection
who recognized me from the 47th Field Hospital in Bahrain. He came up to me and said, 'you were the one who
gave me my first birth announcement, and this is my son."
Wren said she was absolutely delighted.
Currently, Wren's permanent station is at Cherry Point Marine Corps Air Station, N. Carolina. She is scheduled to stay in Iraq
until June 2004 and will then leave for the Azores Islands off the coast of Portugal, having completed more than 35 years of Red Cross service.
"I plan on staying with the Red Cross as long as it remains fun and I can pass the physical," said Wren.
Photo courtesy of David Bledsoe
Donut Dollies at Firebase Moore-Vietnam
RED CROSS DONUT DOLLIES ENTERTAINING TROOPS AT SKYTROOPERS FIREBASE
"Donut Dollies" (names unknown)
Phu Bai base camp
Photos by Sharon (Vander Ven) Cummings
Sharon (Vander Ven) Cummings in her Class A Uniform
in Washington DC before heading off to Vietnam, April 1966
The Sandpipers, performers were (bottom, left to right):
1st Row: Skip Stiles, Sharon (Vander Ven) Cummings, Barry Curtis
2nd Row: Tom Appleby, Bill Bates
3rd Row: Bobbi (Hudson) Crocker, Sara (Yapple) Varney
Cam Ranh Bay
Long Binh: Lindsey with soldiers
Alice in our recreation center (Cam Ranh Bay) Catching our bus after work from Long Binh back to Bien Hoa
Patty at Long Binh Jan holding a new puppy
Soldiers arriving for programming by the Red Cross girls in Dau Tieng
Chris saying goodby to the soldiers moving from Tay Ninh to Da Nang
This Dolly named Carolyn visited my Marine squadron at ChuLai in 1969. I hope she can be
found to thank.These women provided a great boost to morale and I will always be grateful to them.
USMC RVN '69-'70
THANKS TO PATRIOTIC POSTERS
FOR USE OF THIS PICTURE!
There were three categories of Red Cross Workers in Vietnam
SMH "Service to Military Hospitals"
These women and men worked in the hospitals directly with the
patients, doing a combination of social work and recreatio therapy.
SMI "Service to Military Installations"
These women and men were the Red Cross social workers who
arranged compassionate emergency leaves and received and
passed on communications from the families back home
regarding births, deaths, and emergencies.
SRAO "Supplemental Recreational Activities Overseas"
These women were the Donut Dollies. Their job
was to provide
"a touch of home in a combat zone." They brought games and
kool-aid and a respite from thinking about the war to men in the field.
Glenna (Sheeran) Terrell was a Donut Dolly in CuChi, Vietnam 66/67
Doc was there in 67/68 in CuChi with the 25th Med.Bn.
First off, I would like to thank you for your wonderful and informative
Vietnam website. Both of my parents were in the war (they met
in-country in 1967 and were married a year later) so I really appreciate
reading about other's experiences and trials through the war. I grew up
hearing all about my parent's experiences, so I honestly feel very close
to the Vietnam War and its veterans. Thank you for your service. My
reason for this letter is about your "Donut Dolly" section which
discusses the Red Cross girls' work in the war. My mother, Glenna
(Sheeran) Terrell was a Donut Dolly from 1966-67 with the 4th ID, 25th
ID, and finally the 1st ID. As I looked through the site, I was amazed
to find a picture of her serving coffee to some of the troops in Cu Chi,
were she was originally stationed. She had never seen that picture and
I still can't believe I just happened to come across it online. (I've
attached the picture from your site as well). She is very interested in
contacting some of her old "war buddies", so any information you have on
this, we'd really appreciate. Thank you again for your site, I am as
always very appreciative of your and all of the veteran's service to our
nation, especially during such a turbulent time in our history. I hope
that my generation is as committed to service as yours was. Thank you again.
CDT LT Casey Terrell
Class of 2004
For Country and Corps
Sue Dixon standing by APC, north of the Imjin, September1967
Liz Drosdick And SSG Ken Parker, in front of Peace Pagoda, JSA- Panmunjom July 1967
WOMEN WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN WAR
WORLD WAR I WOMEN
Sunny Sanow and Betty Denney in ROK cargo plane on travel run to Kwang-ju, Winter 1968. Clubmobile
workers in Taegu had overnight travel runs to Support Command in Pusan, 2 hours south by train; to KMAG units
in Kwang-ju and Suncheon, west over the mountains by ROK cargo plane, Beaver, and once in a Birddog with a
ROK pilot who spoke no English or if no plane, 7-10 hours by jeep; and to KMAG in Kyong-Ju and Pohang,
east to the coast of the East Sea, 5 hours by Scout or Jeep. .....Submitted by B
WORLD WAR II WOMEN
Kathi Neal and Pat Custer in the back of a ¾ ton truck, Winter 1968 .....Submitted by Betty Denney, Red Cross Donut Dollie, Korea 1967/68
WOMEN IN THE KOREAN WAR
Some of our pilots at Camp Page, Spring 1968. Left to right, CWO2 Dennis Rudel, 4th Missile Command;
Mele Sturm, Donut Dollie from California; and WO1 Earle Irwin, 6th Aviation Platoon, standing in front of a
U-6 Beaver. .....Submitted by Betty Denney, Red Cross Donut Dollie, Korea 1967/68
These women were called the "Donut Dollies.
Courtesy of seakay.hubpages.com
They were in the "Great War" too. Donut Dollies pass out coffee and, you guessed it, doughnuts
I had the privilege on working
with the Ladies at the Red Cross Center at the end of 1967.
I was assigned to them as a punishment detail but it was the most rewarding part of my tour.
I built bookcases, paneled & hung parachuts in their rooms and drove them around Camp Radcliff.
They had a Christmas diner for the children of An Khe that would break your heart. I have no idea what happened to
The Red Cross or nurses assigned to the woman compound at Camp Radcliff but I hope and pray they are all well.
The Red Cross Recreation Center at Cam Ranh Army
Open from 10 am to 10 pm - 7 days a week!
A DONUT DOLLY'S VOICE
They were in the "Great War" too. Donut Dollies pass out coffee and, you guessed it, doughnuts.
The American Red Cross - "Donut Dollies"
The Red Cross sent the first of its personnel into
South Vietnam in 1962. The last of them left 11
years later in March of 1973. In that time 1,120
civilian women volunteered for and served in
Vietnam, fulfilling a variety of missions and rolls
lending medical and administrative support to
military hospitals and other installations. 627 of
these women served in the SRAO program &151;the
Supplemental Recreation Activities Overseas
program. They were the "Donut Dollies"
At the request of the military, the Red Cross sent
teams of young women, college graduates all, to
Vietnam. Their mission was to operate the Red Cross
Recreation Centers and conduct "audience
participation recreation programs." For the soldiers,
the SRAO program provided them with the
opportunity to "hang-out" with pretty girls from back
home, play games, do crafts, and for just a moment,
forget where they were and what they were doing. It
was as though the Red Cross had sent these young
women to the other side of the planet to establish a
summer camp for soldiers. But such seemingly small
diversions made all the difference in world to the
men and their morale.
average figures, 285,000 servicemen took
part in the Donut Dollies' activities. The Red Cross
estimates that these women logged 2,125,000 miles
in all varieties of transport. In all, 28 "Donut Dolly"
units were in operation throughout the country during
Dollies shared the same hardships and
made the same sacrifices as the military personnel
they served and served with. They also shared in the
danger. Three Red Cross Donut Dollies died "in
country." A fourth was lost in 1975 in the tragic plane
crash of a humanitarian effort to airlift Vietnamese
orphans to safety before the fall of Saigon.
the women who served their country in
Vietnam as Red Cross volunteers, continue their
volunteer work to this day both for the Red Cross and
other organizations. Many are active in the Vietnam
Women's Memorial Project.
"The picture was taken on top of Nui Ba Den in
December of 1968. It shows Donut Dollies singing
Christmas carols for a bunch of us Grunts in the 25th
Infantry Division (Alpha Co. 3/22)."
This number of women was very unusual as Donut
Dollies usually worked in pairs when not at base camps.
Emily Strange (Milwaukee,Wi.)
Donut Dollies Emily Strange & Sherry
Don F. Pratt Museum-101st Airborne Division (Air
An American Red Cross Donut Dollie
with the 9th Infantry Division
and Mobile Riverine Force in VIETNAM
Emily's Donut Dolly site
Doc & Emily are good Friends
Emily has helped Doc with his Christmas With TheVets show in MIlwaukee
WISCONSIN DONUT DOLLYS
According to our official list - Nam and Korea:
First Name Maiden Name Last Name
Ann Higgins Kilander
Diane Anderson Hunt
Diane Reddeman Lee
Diane Schmidt Curly
Diane Steinhauser Shufelt
Jane Happle Drake
Mary DeLaForest Evans
Norma Roska Johnson
Susan Filipszak Rogge
Kay Ward is living in LaCrosse
List does not have those of us who lived and were raised in WI yet but is a start.
Christmas Photo, Red Cross Clubmobile Unit, Camp Henry, 8th Army Depot Command, Taegu, December 1967.
(standing left) Val Gardner from Phoenix, AZ (standing right) Mary Kennon Barksdale, Danville, VA (seated left to right) Pat Custer, Wauwautosa, WI;
Betty Denney, Amarillo, TX; Cissy Nichol, Griffin, GA; Mazie Scotchmer, St. Louis, MO; Kathi Neal, Atlanta, GA. .....
Submitted by Betty Denney, Red Cross Donut Dollie, Korea 1967/68
I just happened upon your site
http://www.war-veterans.org/Redcross.htm and found my favorite
sister listed as one of the Wisconsin Donut Dollies.
Dianne Elizabeth Roshto Gustafson
had just graduated from the University of Southern Mississippi,
Hattiesburg, Mississippi when she decided to join
the American Red Cross. She was subsequently sent to Taegu, Republic of South Korea.
Sister Dianne was about as Southern Belle as one could have been at the time and was 1st runner up
in the Miss Mississippi Beauty Pagent. Alas, all those years wed to that Swede up in Wisconsin have just about
removed most traces of her drawl - I haven't heard a Y'all in years but lots of Ya's. Now I realize that her time in Korea
was merely a little cold weather training and blood thickening for her upcoming life in the North Woods of Wisconsin.
This is sister Dianne in 1966. It's about time these girls were given more recognition. Good site Doc.Thanks!
Frank K. Roshto
Possibly Sue Lewis on the left, Betty Denney on the right-Vietnam 1967
Photo from 1/23 yearbook
Return to Vietnam: A Red Cross Donut Dolly's Trip Back
From album Donut Dollies by member 1ltken
Laurie Robeson and the 2nd Engineers, north of the Imjin, October 1968.
An American Red Cross Donut Dollie with the 9th Infantry Division and Mobile Riverine Force in VIETNAM
Margaret Perham from Alabama, writing a new program in the Red Cross Clubmobile office at Camp Red Cloud.....
Submitted by Betty Denney, Red Cross Donut Dollie, Korea 1967/68
A Donut Dollies Voice
Linda LaScola from New Castle, PA, working on a new program in the Red Cross Clubmobile office at Camp Red Cloud......
Submitted by Betty Denney, Red Cross Donut Dollie, Korea 1967/68
Anne Mears (left) and Cissy Nichols exit the gas tent. ...
Submitted By: Sp5 Craig Iansiti HHB I-Corps (Gp) Artillery, Camp St. Barbara, Korea 1968
From album Donut Dollies by member 1ltken
Liz Drosdick at the overlook with the Bridge of No Return and North Korea in background, July 1967
Vietnam -- 1
Year + 25
7Jean Chapin And Sue Dixon Red Cross Office,CampPelham,October1967
From album Donut Dollies by member 1ltken
Genie - A Donut Dolly at Cam Ranh Bay
Betty Denney 1967 From album Donut Dollies by member 1ltken
Red Cross Clubmobile Office, Camp Pelham, October 1967.
Lt Rick Rogers, 1/15 Arty, and Joanne Printz, from Camp Pelham, in Seoul at Yongsan, October 1967
Official Red Cross History of the Vietnam War
Photo by Phil Adams
"Donut Dolly" Cu Chi Vietnam '66'
"Now we are four.
Your 101st Airborne Red Cross Girls".
Left to right, they are Sheelagh, Kalamazoo Mich; Jiggie, Honolulu HI;
Lynn, Kellogg ID; Betsy, Knoxville TN.
Photo courtesy of former Ltc, John D. Kennedy, Battalion Commander 101st Airborne,
101st Aviation Battalion, Camp Eagle. circa, 1969
An afternoon of fun and games with the "donut dollies".
Left to right are; Lizann Malleson (unit director), Nancy and Kathy Ormond.
An unknown Dollie from 1964 by the name of Jane. This can be read on her shirt ......
Submitted by Sp4 Charles D Townsley, A Btry 2nd BN 19th Arty, 1st Cav Division.
In 1962, the Red Cross sent its first paid field staff to Vietnam
to assist the growing number of servicemen at various bases and hospitals.
At the height of its involvement in Vietnam in 1968, 480 field directors,
|An Khe||Da Nang||Phu Loi|
|Bearcat||Di An||Phuoc Vinh|
|Bien Hoa||Dong Ba Thin||Pleiku
Army & Air Force
|Bin Luy||Dong Tam||Quang Tri|
|Camp Eagle||Lai Khe||Qui Nhon|
|Camp Enari||Long Binh||Saigon|
|Cam Ranh Bay
Army & Air Force
|Long Gaio||Tuy Hoa|
|Cu Chi||Nha Trang||Xuan Loc|
|Chu Lai||Phan Rang
Army & Air Force
|Black Horse||Phu Bai|
Working in the Red Cross office at Camp Pelham, late summer 1967, left to right, Wendy Wendler, Anne Mears,
Judy Hopkins, Jean Chapin (behind stove)......Submitted by Betty Denney, Red Cross Donut Dollie, Korea 1967/68
Red Cross Clubmobile Unit, Camp Pelham, October 1967, left to right, Claudia Fields, Judy Hopkins, Zella Michael, Helen Krebsbach,
Jean Chapin, Wendy Wendler, Anne Mears, Joanne Printz......Submitted by Betty Denney, Red Cross Donut Dollie, Korea 1967/68
Members of the 127th Signal BN have their spirits lifted by these Donut Dollies who visit them while in the field. .....
Submitted By: Sp4 Jim Towery, A Company 127th signal BN, 1966/67
Holley McAleese & Nancy O'Neill Aug '67
Holley November '66 Danang
Hannah E. Crews Died in a jeep accident, Bien Hoa, October 2, 1969
Virginia "Ginny" Kirsch Murdered by a U.S. soldier in Cu Chi, August 16, 1970
Lucinda J. Richter Died of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Cam Ranh Bay, February 9, 1971
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