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  1. Sara Porter Smith said:

    Ellen….Sara Porter here. What you described is so accurate.. it was good to read your account. Thank you. Sara

    April 28, 2017
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    • Ellen Cadden Nagy said:

      Sara, I had hoped to hear back from you and touch base again. I live in SC and thought someone told me you lived in NC.

      I was just in San Antonio on vacation and had lunch with Sheila Shanahan – first time I have seen her in 46 years.

      Do hope you reply, I have so many fun memories of us in DaNang. Ellen

      May 27, 2017
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  2. Pat said:

    While you were burning up in Vietnam I was freezing in Alaska. We kept all the Vietcong out of Alaska. Not a one got in!!! P.S. My brother was majoring in journalism at UGA in 1968.

    April 28, 2017
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  3. Bette said:

    What an interesting read!
    Thx for sharing your experiences.

    April 28, 2017
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  4. George A. Bontya said:

    Ellen, thank you for your Service and Welcome Home!

    April 29, 2017
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  5. Nan said:

    Ellen, thanks for sharing your story of being a Donut Dolly! That was quite an adventure!

    April 29, 2017
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  6. Rene' said:

    How I remember that football game! I was on my second year, with Army Special Services, so was a cheerleader for the Army side, obviously. But I believe that all of us, USO, Donuts, and Service Club Girls, had a marvelous time!

    You ran a great unit at Danang, Ellen, even though I have some mashed-up memories. Polly, Sara, Fran, Pat …….. ya’ll had a big job and you did it well!!

    April 29, 2017
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  7. Jeanne said:

    Hey Ellen. I cried again just reading this. I regret not asking you more about your experiences and am so very grateful you’ve had a chance to share your story now.

    April 29, 2017
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  8. Evie Safford Jacobs said:

    Joyce Rice Denke and her hubby, Dwaine and a friend just visited us here in Australia. Joyce and I had a great time talking about our experiences and how different they were in some ways, but similar in others. I see she was in your unit at Danang. I was with you in Long Binh and like you I have no regrets about my year in Vietnam. Except I didn’t write down names and stateside addresses either.

    April 29, 2017
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  9. Charley Ray said:

    Ellen, thanks for sharing. I enjoyed learning more about you and your DD experience. Didn’t know you were a UGA grad. Charley

    April 29, 2017
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  10. Betty Butler said:

    Thank you for sharing your awe inspiring, if difficult, experiences, Ellen. Thank you for your service to our young military men. You and they accomplished difficult tasks through your loyalty to our country and your hard work. You and your husband, Allen, are assets to our church and community, just as you were assets to the military and the Red Cross, then. Again, thank you..

    April 29, 2017
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  11. Dan,25th inf. said:

    Thanks for the Kool-Aid. A bright spot in a terrible place.

    April 30, 2017
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  12. Sam Adams said:

    Thank You and all the Donut Dollies who visited us lean and grimy youngsters on the primitive Firebases in I corps in 71. We loved that you made the sacrifice to bring a coke and a silly game, and you all were a bright reminder of those we had left behind back in The World, and what we hoped to go back to.
    Slow Rendered Hand Salute from former Spc. 4 101st Abn Grunt. Again, Thank You.

    April 30, 2017
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  13. Dan,25th inf. said:

    Thanks for the collaide..A bright spot in a terrible place.

    April 30, 2017
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  14. Sgt. Rock said:

    In 1970 we had DDs visit our Combined Action Company HQs about once a month beside Highway 1 a few klicks south of Danang. There I met a DD named Marsha R. from my home state of Kansas. It was fun meeting somebody from home and I enjoyed the games we played and talking with the DDs. I also ran into Marsha at least once at Freedom Hill. When she went home she took the trouble to call my parents and tell them she’d seen me and I was fine. They were incredibly grateful for her gesture.

    May 1, 2017
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  15. Bobbie Trotter said:

    I was stationed at the Last Resort too. I used to do a weekly program for Armed Forces radio up at the top…always an adventure. Yeah, hospitals were the hardest part

    May 7, 2017
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