The interest for attending the screenings of The Donut Dollies Documentary at the Palm Springs International Film Festival in January has been very positive.  For those of you who wish to attend, here is the schedule for our film screenings:

Monday, January 6th at 4:00 PM at Camelot Theatres at the Palm Springs Cultural Center, 2300 E Baristo Rd, Palm Springs, CA, 92262 

Tuesday, January 7th at 12:00 PM at Regal Palm Springs, 789 E Tahquitz Canyon Way, Palm Springs, CA 92262

Sunday, January 12th at 1:30 PM at Mary Pickford is D’Place, 36850 Pickfair St, Cathedral City, CA 92234

Tickets are very limited and available first via a pre-sale with an American Express card until Monday, December 16th and general sales begin at 9 AM on Friday, December 20th.  If you plan on attending, we suggest you get your tickets as soon as possible.  Please follow this link for online ticket purchases and more details – https://www.psfilmfest.org/film-festival-2020/film-finder/the-donut-dollies  Tickets are also available by calling 800-898-7256 Monday-Friday 9AM-5PM.

If you plan on traveling and staying in Palm Springs, please research the following links for accommodations and make your reservations as soon as possible.
https://pschamber.org/business-directory/?cn-s=&cn-cat=2

https://www.visitpalmsprings.com/stay

If you are considering flying to attend the film festival, the closest airports are:

Palm Springs International Airport (PSP) – in the city of Palm Springs

Ontario International Airport (ONT) – in Ontario, CA, about 70-miles to the west

Other options are Los Angeles International Airport (LAX) and Hollywood Burbank Airport (BUR), both are approximately 125-miles to the west and a 2-3 hour drive.  

The members of our film crew will be on hand for all screenings, as well as Donut Dollie Dorset Anderson, who is featured in our film.  We also anticipate other Donut Dollies, as well as veterans to be attendance.  We hope that you’ll be able to join us to not only see The Donut Dollies Documentary on the big screen, but to meet the women who volunteered through the Red Cross to boost the morale of the men serving in the Korean and Vietnam Wars.

We look forward to seeing you in Palm Springs!

In The News

We are excited to announce that The Donut Dollies Documentary has been chosen as an official selection of the 2020 Palm Springs International Film Festival.  This film festival is one of the largest in North America, and will run from January 2-13, 2020 and features over 200 films from 60+ countries, with over 135,000 attendees for its lineup of celebrated international feature films and documentaries.  

Just three months ago our film was presented with the Best Feature Documentary Award by the GI Film Festival and now we are honored that The Donut Dollies will be shown thee times at the Palm Springs International Film Festival.  Later this week we will be sharing the ticketing information for these screenings, scheduled for January 6th, 7th and 12th.  In light of the large attendance and limited seating available, we suggest that you get your tickets early.  

Dorset Anderson, one of the Red Cross Donut Dollies featured in our film will be in attendance to meet with the audience at each screening.  If you are a Donut Dollie who would like to attend one of the screenings, please contact us as soon as possible at memories@donutdollies.com

Even if you’re unable to attend, we ask that you share the information about the screenings of The Donut Dollies Documentary with your family, friends, Donut Dollie sisters and veterans.  We thank you for your interest in the Donut Dollies and for supporting our film.  Please stayed tuned for an announcement of the official digital and DVD release in the new year.

In The News

Just a couple hours before learning that the Donut Dollies Documentary won Best Documentary Feature at the GI Film Festival San Diego, Donut Dollie Dorset Anderson and her son and director of the film, Norm Anderson sat down for an interview with news anchors John Soderman and Ashlie Rodriguez at KUSI News in San Diego.

Hear in her own words how Dorset chose to go to Vietnam, how the Donut Dollies helped boost the morale of the men serving in Vietnam, how she wanted to learn about the war for herself, and learn of her scariest time in Vietnam. View the full interview here…

In The News

We are so excited to announce that last night our film, The Donut Dollies, won Best Documentary Feature at the GI Film Festival San Diego! We thank the women and veterans that served in Korea and Vietnam, especially those who shared their stories and archival materials with us, all of the donors who have supported us over the last five years, the songwriters and musicians who shared their music with us, and all of the people who generously provided advice, guidance and support to bring our project to fruition.

We look forward to sharing our film at more film festivals and screenings around the country, and via DVD and streaming as soon as possible.

Red Cross Donut Dollies Mary Blanchard Bowe (L) and Dorset Hoogland Anderson (R) with the Best Documentary Feature award for our film The Donut Dollies at the 2019 GI Film Festival San Diego

In The News

Earlier this week Cincinnati TV station WCPO aired a moving tribute to Donut Dollie Judy Squire. This story was reported by Craig McKee and features Judy’s sisters, who talk about her service and experiences in Vietnam. The story explains how Judy had wanted to join the Vietnam Veterans of America, but not having been in the service, she didn’t qualify for membership. Michael Neuman, President of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 649 of Clermont County, OH, checked on gaining Judy membership with the VVA and finally received approval to grant her an Honorary Life Membership. In light of this honor, Michael Neuman recommends that Donut Dollies stand up and be recognized.

The Donut Dollies Documentary are honored to have contributed images and footage from our film for this news report.

In The News Videos

In our 42nd edition of the Donut Dollie Detail, Pat tells how she experienced two “close calls” while in Vietnam, how she got married a week after returning from Vietnam in a wedding dress made in Saigon, and shares a photo of her meeting General Westmoreland.

Please share the Donut Dollie Detail with family, friends and veterans you may know, and make sure to like/follow us on Facebook to learn when the next edition is posted.  

Please meet Red Cross Donut Dollie Pat McDaniel Nease…

Pat outside a bunker

What prompted you to join the SRAO (Supplemental Recreation Activities Overseas) program and want to go to Vietnam?

I was fresh out of college, didn’t owe anyone anything (since I had worked my way through) and wanted to travel.  The Red Cross seemed to be a way to do that.







When and where were you stationed in Vietnam?   Did you go by a nickname?

Pat and Vicky programming to the men

I was stationed in Vietnam from August, 1966 to August, 1967. After a few days of orientation in Saigon, I went to Cu Chi.  There was no recreation center, but they had built us a sweet little house with an enclosed shower.  We created games we could take out to the fire bases and did a lot of Huey flying.

In December, I was transferred to Pleiku, same deal… no rec center; lots of flying, BUT no sweet little house.  We lived in a tent with a wooden floor and the red dust swam up around us all night.  And it was cold… AND rainy.  Martha Raye stayed with us while she was on a USO tour.

I ended my tour in Long Binh, again, no rec center, lots of travel. I was Pat McDaniel then; no nickname.

What was a routine day like in Vietnam?

Pat with men from the 101st in Tuy Hoa
November 1966

Work on a new travel program, usually a game for a large group, which we shared with other SRAO travelers as they did for us.  Hop on a Huey to a fire base.  Present a program, serve on the chow line – giving every GI a “hello,” and a smile, hop the chopper back to base.  Check in at the hospital, write letters or visit.  Back to the hooch or recreation center to complete work on the next week’s program.  Evenings were often spent with medics/nurses/doctors for a cook-out or music.


Did you ever have any “close calls” either on base or in any vehicles?

There were two.  Once at Tan Son Nhat airport when we were flying in on a B-47 (I think) – the SRAO girls were in the cockpit, which is where we usually rode – a plane had crashed in the center of the crossed runways.  Everything was backed up, planes circling round and round, and the pilot said for everyone to be on watch.  We’re all peering out, looking for other aircraft, when all of a sudden, there was another plane right beside us, so close to us we could see the pilot, looking as surprised to see us as we were to see him.  

The second time, we were in a Jeep at Bien Hoa, delivering something, maybe Kool-Aid, to the ammo dump folks when this huge tank came barreling backward toward us at a high rate of speed.  He didn’t see us and, at first, our driver didn’t see him.  There was a lot of screaming and then we jerked forward just as the tank went whizzing by.  I could have touched it if I hadn’t been white knuckled to the sides of the Jeep.  I also could have used something with a bit more punch than Kool-Aid.   

Were you ever injured while in Vietnam?

No.  The worst I ever got was food poisoning.  

What was it like to visit the soldiers in the hospitals?

My least favorite thing to do.  Not because I didn’t want to help, and not because I did not feel compassion and concern for these injured young men, but I wasn’t trained in what to say or do in such a situation.  Humor and fun were my forte, and this was no joking matter.  I did more visiting and talking, bringing books and magazines, than writing letters home; just trying to bring a little relief in their boring, painful day. 

How was the transition returning home to the United States?

Not so bad.  I was to be married in a week, had my wedding dress made in Saigon, and moved to Beaufort, SC, so my new husband could complete his Marine Corps obligation.  It was NOT someone I met while overseas.  It was someone I’d known nearly my entire life.  His mother got with my mother and planned the wedding, so all I had to do was show up.  We were busy.  I don’t think I had time to unwind from one thing before I was wound up in something else.

What would you like people to remember and understand most about the women who served?

I think everyone was there for a different reason.  I was there partly because this man I was to marry was there, up in the Da Nang, flying F-8s for the Marines.  I had a friend who’d returned home from Vietnam and had changed so much from the way he was when he left.  I didn’t want to not know what my guy was going through.

How do you feel Veterans think of your time having served with them?  Have any Veterans expressed their feelings to you directly?

I was in Washington, DC for the dedication of the Vietnam’s Women’s Memorial in 1993 and many of the veterans thanked us, sharing stories of kindnesses done on their behalf.

Pat meets General Westmoreland

What are your fondest or most interesting memories of your time serving in Vietnam?

I think the time that stays with me most is riding along with the medics when they went up into the mountains near Pleiku, bringing medicines to the indigenous Montagnard people.  These delightful people had been isolated  from the world and were just amazed at anything we shared with them.  The first time there, I started a game with the children, using a pebble and hands behind my back.  “Which hand is it in?” was the game.  Though we didn’t speak the same language, the kids quickly caught on and soon the adults were gathered around, laughing and smiling when the right hand was chosen.  The next trip I brought a ball, and on a third trip we tried jump rope.  I loved those visits!

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