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This is a little known story of the small group of American women who volunteered to serve in the Vietnam War through the Red Cross Supplemental Recreation Activities Overseas (SRAO) program. They were better known by our brave military men as “The Donut Dollies” (a nickname from WWII and the Korean War).
Armed only with smiles and hand-made games, the Donut Dollies risked their lives every day to achieve their mission of cheering up and bringing a sense of home to the U.S. troops. We believe these women are an important part of women’s history and America’s history. Through the release of “The Donut Dollies”, we hope to do our part in sharing their story.
This sounds like a really great documentary/movie. I never was lucky enough to meet these “young sheroes” but I know they made a difference in many young men’s lives by being there.
I can’t wait to see it. I would be more than honored to contribute to your undertaking.
I remember seeing you all once ,
Just read the article in the Berkshire Eagle. Happy you are saving this important part of the history of the war in Vietnam. I remember Dorset from her time in Stockbridge and never saw her without a smile. We were in Vietnam at the same time, something I just learned this week.
In Publix at 39th Ave 11/24=202 @ 10:13am and saw Vietnam Doughnut Dollies license plate frame on a car! Thanks, RVN 67 through 69
John Dickerson in Hawthorne, Fl
Hi John, I have that license same tag frame but I’m in North Carolina! Glad you remember us! I served in 1968-69, beginning just 6 weeks after I graduated from the University of Georgia. Stationed with the 101st ABN, the Americal Division, the 18th Eng Bde (Dong Ba Thin) , and at Cam Ranh AFB. Welcome Home, Brother!
I am friends with a former Donut Dollie who met her husband in Vietnam. Cheryl and Chauncey Clark. Chauncey was a former Warrant Officer pilot. We flew together in Germany ’68-’69. Me after RVN, him getting ready to go in ’70. We’re still friends some 50 years later. Going to Tampa in May for VHPA REUNION. Chauncey & Cheryl will be there. Chauncey built the JW MARRIOTT hotel where reunion is being held. Thanks for your service. Alley Cat 7
I had just arrived in Nam a few weeks prior to seeing my first Donut Dolli . She was at Camp
Eagle with the Bob HopeTroupe ,,
She was on the stage with Bob !
Ironically a fellow RVN VET , got
On a website with her ,,PENNI EVANS , on it ! I soon got in touch with her ! It is my Desire to Help Her & especially THESE
BEAUTIFUL DONUT DOLLIES
ORGANIZATION ! Thank ALL of
these Donut Dollies for THEIR SERVICE TO US . Let’s keep them
in our HEARTS & assist them in
THEIR NEEDS NOW , Lloyd Lapore Jr. MSG USAR RETIRED
They were the best, my donut dolly was Emily Strange who was assigned to 9th Infantry and the Mobile Riverine Force
EMILY–From one of your guys
In the midst of the 60’s
She found herself confused
She was challenged to come see and do her part
So instead of becoming a part of the problem
She became part of the solution instead
She came to make a difference
The odd thing about the Vietnam War
It makes no difference if you male or female
Soldier or civilian it impacts your soul
She bore the risks of combat
Same as you and me
She served us all with fidelity
Some will say she didn’t serve
I will tell them that they are wrong
She is as much a Veteran –as us all
Emily, raised in Atlanta
With her charm and her grace
Became a Donut Dollie in a faraway place
She became a beacon of light… she brought us hope
With her smile and round-eyes
She took us to another time and place – away from the war
She didn’t carry a weapon
She came with fun and games – she did her part
More importantly she became a part of the soldiers heart
As I look back on memories of the past
I recall with a certain fondness
Her beauty with a southern voice
Thanks for doing your part
You are not forgotten
You became part of our heart
The gal from Georgia – our Donut Dollie
A soldier’s friend indeed
WELCOME HOME EMILY – my sister…
WELCOME HOME indeed
©Copyright 2003 by Kerry “Doc” Pardue
11-11-1992 Austin City Limits did a wonderful show “In Country” a Veterans Day tribute performed by very talented veterans.
Kris Kristofersen was the host.
Emily Strange was one of the guests.
Emily Strange was an American Red Cross Donut Dolly with the 9th Infantry Division and Mobile Riverine Force in Vietnam (1968-69) and Barbara Hagar of the US Army Special Services-Dong Tam, Vietnam (1969)
Emily sang a wonderful song “Incoming” that Emily Strange and Barbara Hagar wrote while they were in a bunker as Donut Dollies in Vietnam.
I called Barbara Hagar minutes after the “In Country” program and Barbara Hagar and Emily Strange got in touch with each other. Richard Sims
Thank you!! My sister, Emily was thrilled to be reunited with her friend, Barb. May the both Rest In Peace.
Emily and I were classmates at Murphy High School. I’m a Vietnam vet and would like to talk with you about Emily. You can contact me at my email address.
Thank you for your kind words about my sister, Emily. She was so special and I miss her so much. She did a great job in Austin City Limits.
What a touching tribute.
Thank you for Emily and all of us.
A touching tribute to Emily. I have no idea if Emily ever saw this. However, I want you as well as anyone who reads this to know that Emily Anne Strange passed away on July 12, 2016 in Johnson Creek, Wisconsin. Feel free to leave this at her online Find A Grave Memorial # 181374885.
I didn’t meet her or any Doughnut Dollies in Nam. I met Emily in Florida. We became friends and chatted often. I shared books, info and whatever regarding Nam. She was a great person. I understand she left for up north and died there. We lost a great person.
Mike Doc Hill
i served in Vietnam 1967-68. Returning to it in 2006 was the best thing i ever did to help my “healing” from that experience. I know these ladies will find it as well.
Remember the donut dollies in Qui Nhon and the boost in morale they gave in talking to and seeing them. Loved the song they sang at the end of your video. Brings back memories. Looking forward to seeing the documentary. I saw on a web site a couple if years ago where some sailors went back to our base in Qui Nhon. There is nothing left there on our base. Just remnants of a pier.
Me too, on a stopover to be treated at the 67th EVAC Hosp.
I was a DD in Vietnam from April 66-April 67. I hope you will take the time to visit my site and see my FAQs and photos. I have hundreds of photos posted elsewhere. Please contact me if you want to know more about my experiences.
i wasn’t lucky enough to see or meet any of the donut dollies, but I knew they were there in country and appreciated the very much. Welcome home dear ladies, and thanks for being there. You made a huge difference.
You are most welcome, Brother.
Sandra S. Walker
Sandra, were you a Donut Dollie or in Danang in some other role. I’ve tracked VN DDs for 25 years. Linda Goettman Bryant, Chu Lai & Camp Enari
Hi Linda! I remember you!! Do you remember me? Diane Schmidt Curley (Cam Rahn Bay and Chu Lai 68-69)
Hey Diane! Been wondering about where and how you are since we said goodbye as I DEROSed from Chu Lai on 1 Aug 1969. All is well with me . Back home in North Carolina.
Stationed Pham Rang AFB RVN, April 69-March 70. Remember seeing the Dollies on our tarmac almost every day and appreciated their service.
They were there during all of the rocket, mortar, sapper and NVA/VC base penetrations. They were as much at risk as all of us.
For a while during the monsoon season we lost our base water service. No water to cook, drink, shower nor flush toilets. It was miserable. After weeks of being unclean and my clothes rotting on my body I could stand it no more. Although it rained heavily every day, we were not allowed to catch water in barrels nor cisterns. One day I packed a bar of soap and a towel with me, when I went to work on the flight line. When it started to rain, I stripped naked and began to clean my obnoxious body. Almost immediately the Dollies came around the corner of one on the blast walls in their truck with Donuts and Drinks. Unfortunately, I managed to embarrass the ladies. I got in a bit of trouble; but, I finally got clean for a short period of time. I want to make a late apology to the Dollies.
Thanks for taking my comment.
I am so glad that you are making this return visit back to Vietnam. If you are spending a few days right in Saigon, I mean Ho Chi Minh City, please be careful crossing the streets as there are so many scooters swarming around! Last year I returned to Saigon and went to the Ben Thanh market. It is an amazing place to interact directly with the Vietnamese people.
yes crossing the streets anywhere in a city was a free for all. Scooters & bike riders would open up like the lane of traffic at the last possible second…maybe.
Donut Dollies were as important to the Vietnam veteran as were the Bob Hope Christmas shows mainly because these ladies were throughout Vietnam continuously throughout the entire year. They brought their smiles and happy personalities offering the GI a chance to enjoy a friendly face “from back in the real world”. They were like your sister, your girlfriend – they helped you to make the best of a difficult time in your life.
I too was a Donut Dolly in Viet Nam. I was there during 1967 and 1968, and was stationed in Lai Khe, Danang, and Chu Chi, then later back to Lai Khe. This still remains the most phenomenal time in my life. I am flooded with unbelievable memories and cherish them all. I would do it all over again as would these women who are making the trip back to do this documentary. My one regret is that in all these years I have never had the chance to go back to Viet Nam myself. It is truly amazing that so few people know so little, if anything, about our program there. Thank God I married a soldier whom I met there at that tim because he completely understands what it all meant to me. My very best wishes for a successful film!!!
My husband and I made a wonderful trip there Regis past December on a Military History Tour. It was a phenomenal experience!
Thank you for your service Patty. I flew into Lai Khe many times and was based at Chu Chi. You have no idea what a morale builder you ladies were! Again thank you so much!
I remember the Dollies at Tuy Hoa. Air Force Base in ’70. They did a wonderful job. I was an Army MP who worked part time at FM Tuy Hoa (Gary Layne air name) which was located in the Red Cross center. I was also stationed for awhile in Nha Trang in ’69.
I am SO glad you got out of there! The Dollies must have been so appreciated. When I think of you there I think of “MASH.” XXXOOO
I have just viewed the Trailer for “The My Hero Project” regarding The Donut Dollies, as I have viewed it before, with absolute admiration and respect for the Stars and the Movie-Makers…..Thank you so much, may we Always Remember, Never Forget…the sacrifices so many made, for their fellow residents of the planet…
I, too, was a DD in Nam….Danang in 71 (with a TDY to Long Binh in Dec.) had my “15 minutes of fame” when Bob Hope called me up on stage to salute the work we did during his show (He called the whole unit up after I got up there!); transferred to Cam Ranh Army, with trips to Plekiu … a memorable year…Like Pat Fortenberry’s comment, I too married a GI I met in Danang….Our oldest son, an Iraq Veteran, just came back from a visit to Nam that he took for his law office….he says we really need to go back!
I am happy for Dorset and Mary!
You have a great son, Dorset!
I was in Da Nang Apr 71-Mar 72. Where you there when the rocket hit the USO building? I was in the 366th CES which was about a quarter mile from there.
Thanks for your service!!
THANKS for your Service…and WELCOME HOME!
No, I wasn’t there when the USO got hit…had been transferred to Cam Ranh Army by then…Our Center was right across from there, so I guess it would have been pretty scary for the Donut Dollies still there…
I worked in the Army Communications Center in Cam Ranh Bay in 70-71. I was the contact person responsible for notifying the Red Cross of death messages received at the Communications Center. This helped our guys get emergency leave more rapidly and got them home to their loved ones,
I remember dealing with a Red Cross Representative name Sonny (male) and one of the girls named Pagent.
Thank you for sharing this memory. Unfortunately, the name Pagent doesn’t appear in our far from complete list of Donut Dollies who served in Korea and Vietnam, but hopefully someone will recognize her name and share some information here. We thank you for your service!
The Donut Dollies Documentary Team
This is Maggie over a year later..
I vaguely recall Pagent… from my time at Cam Ranh. The service Tim Busch was describing was something the Field Office Staff handled… I believe Pagent was in the Field Director’s Office… DONUT DOLLIES didn’t do messages from the Families regarding deaths/births or Health and Welfare Checks
I was just going to add a note with pretty much the same info. Pagent could also have been hospital staff as we did both recreation and social services. I was the rec director at the AF hospital from Feb 1968 to Aug 1969 and yes that is over a year and yes, I was allowed to extend.
My name at that time was Sharon Leverson so if anyone remembers me as a person, that was who I was. It was the most memorable year and a half of my life and what I go back to when I am feeling sorry for myself or when those worthless thoughts creep in. Although I wasn’t a Dolly, I know that we all had important jobs and that overall, we did them well.
Sharon my name is Nancy (Kugel) Clark. I am so thankful that you mentioned the brave sisters who served in the SMH part of the American Red Cross. (Service to Military Hospitals.). I served at the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon from April 1969 to April of 1970. I served as a Social Worker and as such was not a Doughnut Folly. I would hope that the documentary would include the Social Workers too as we were the connection between wounded soldiers and their families.
Are you thinking of Paige Dempsey, Donut Dolly, who was assigned to Cam Ranh Bay, Oct. ‘70 – Mar. 71?
Hello Maggie, thank you for serving
Do you know how I can find out if there are any DDs living in my area? I’d love to honor them and invite them to our American Legion Post to share a meal and speak with us about their experiences..
Dee S. (Veteran, US Army, 1982-2002) San Diego CA
Where is home? We live all over the us
Thank You for your comments, Dee…and your desire to give us Donut Dollies recognition….as for how you would find DD’s in your area, I don’t think there is any “registry” for us…So connecting on this site is about the best recommendation I would have .
I was in Lai Khe. In 1971 my sister was a Donut Dollie (’70-’71). We passed each other, she was leaving and was I arriving in Cam Rahn and we saw each other for 1 hour. Her name is Lindy Adams. She a lot braver than me. Thanks to all DD’s
Ken Silver Spurs cobra
I was in Bien Hoa 1967-1968 and remember the DD coming down on the flight line and it was so nice to see them!!!!!
I would like to know of my school friend Anne Smyth ‘s time there. I would like to do something in our hometown to remember her .
I worked with Anne at Cu Chi, but not for long. What I remember is that she was happy, vibrant and very good at her job.
I can send you a photo of her in a helicopter – hard to even tell that it’s a female or that she’s wearing a light blue uniform, but I took it coming back one day when two LOHs came to get us; so we each rode in one.
Hi Rene! How are you? Do you remember me? Diane Schmidt Curley (Cam Rahn Bay and Chu Lai 68-69)
I was a DD in Nam from June 67-June 68- stationed in Bien Hoa ( and forward to Dak To) with the 173rd Airborne, then Long Binh, Phan Rang(Air Force) and last Mac V in Pleiku. It changed my life. Coming home was very hard and I ended up going back to work for the Red Cross, in Service to Military Families, as the only caseworker for the eastern half of the US Navy and Marine Corps amputees at Philadelphia Naval Hospital. Spending time with them during the day, and in “the world” at night helped me adjust as much as I helped them. Spent some of the best years of my life with those brave men , in both locations. The latter assignment eventually led me into nursing. I have nurse friends, from Vietnam,, who want me to go back. I hear it’s gorgeous.
I was in several places in ’69, but lost my best friend from pilot training in “Huns” in ’68 at Phan Rang. Knew your work in Tan Son Nhut, Pleiku, and DaNang. Ended up flying in and out of Laos. Hope to see an exhibit for you guys at the National Museum Of the Air Force in Dayton. You were “Sheroes” for sure.
Joan Scarborough Boyle, I feel certain that I worked with you at Philadelphia Naval Hospital. I was assigned there as a caseworker from April, 1968 – July, 1969 when I was transferred overseas. Mary Pat Hannigan was my supervisor and Barbara Spooner was the HFD. Virginia Meyers also worked the amputee wards. The others that I remember being there were Anna Barger, Ellen Jones, Diana Fleiss, Joyce Rice and Gale Valentine. I wonder if you kept in touch with any of them, I can remember some of the faces of the girls in Recreation, but not names. I would love to hear from you to reminisce. I am in several DD-SRAO groups on Facebook and the Yahoo groups list serve. Hope all is well.
My husband and I just did a trip there in December with the Military Histotical Tour group. It was fantastic!
I was at Bien Hoa 1968-69 68th assault helicopter company. Janet Blanks, a girl from my 1st-2nd-3rd grade class at Logan Elementary School in Columbia S.C. visited with another DD. The last time I had seen her was at University of South Carolina, we went to a football game together. Did you know her, maybe you you were with her.
I might have been the other DD with Janet… We remained friends for years… until I had committed to move to Texas and couldn’t stay with her when she needed me. As far as I know, she still lives in her childhood home. I hope you can reconnect with her. If you do, please give her a TLC-filled hug for me.
ARC VN DD 7/67-8/68
I was a DD in Bien His and left to go to Pham Rang just as you came in .. we missed each other!
Joan- you were incredible!
53 years later I still remember, and will never forget you grabbing my arm as I boarded a Huey, and telling me to “come home safely tonight Captain”. I didn’t get home that night, however, when I did you were gone, and I never saw you again.
God Bless you and all the other DD’s who gave so very much.
Col. (Then Capt.) Mike Lich
God bless you. I served with 173rd AB at the same time. I came home alive, but a lot of my Brothers didn’t.
I was also in Bien Hoa, 70 -71….had a hard time adjusting to The World too…..a tiny bit of PTSD but nothing like the GIs….went to Europe and bummed around for a year….came back and worked at Ft. Sam Houston in San Antonio for a few years as a rec worker at the burn unit there. Also certainly changed my life….such a gift! So grateful for so many experiences
Thank you all for caring when it seemed no one did!
3/6oth 9th ID
Thank you all for giving us that little piece of home while we were so far away from ours. What you did for our morale was really appreciated
I was at Phan Rang Air Force Base and Da Nang Air Force Base, 70,71. While shopping at Tower Record Store in 83, I recognized this blonde with a French braid. I began to talk to her and mentioned that French braid. She said she was a Donut Dollies at Phan Rang Air Force Base ,70. I remembered her because of her braid. I saw her in San Diego CA . I sure would like to reconnect. My email is email@example.com
I was at Bien Hoa, Quin Nhon, and Chu Lai in 70-71 but not sure who you are speaking of….Lorinda was a redhead who might have been there?
I I was flying out of NaTrang Vietnam and I’met a donut dolly there, her name was Charlotte Ruggallo. She was from the East Coast of New Jersey and she was a very very special woman. I’ve never forgotten her and she will always be very special to me. Jim Johnson, ,Army aviator/18th Aviation, Low Slow Reliable
Just a quick FYI. Chapter 101 Vietnam Veterans of America, Wisconsin Rapids, WI recently voted unanimously to initiate a program that we hope will culminate in granting full veteran status and eligibility to join the VVA to the Donut Dollies of Vietnam. These ladies served “in country” and in the same combat zones. If you feel the same as we do, please contact me on either my personal page or thru American Heroes Cafe – Central Wisconsin.
How wonderful is that? I hope that works out.
How lovely to see your name & message on this site. We worked together at Phu Loi in 1968 & in later years met in the States. I hope you are fine. Best wishes, Georgette
Gosh it sure would be nice if you included all of us “Crossers” who served in VN-hospitals and field offices. It would give us the recognition that we all need.
Sharon (Leverson) Gima Cam Ranh Bay, 12th AF Hospital
Hello William, What a wonderful initiative for the DDs! Did your bill for getting VA status for the DDs pass?
Thank you for doing this. I’m from Wisconsin too! Diane Schmidt Curley (Donut Dollie in Vietnam 68-69 Cam Rahn Bay and Chu Lai)
I am fighting back tears at that news!
THANK YOU, Mr. Haack!
I tried to go to that page recommended to show support to this, effort in Wisconsin, but am not a Facebook person, so couldn’t . I hope Mr. Haack checks back to see this message of support!
I don’t spend a lot of time on Facebook myself so if you or anyone supports this idea you can let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org We have a local Donut Dollie and she is still serving coffee and donuts to vets thru the Heroes Cafe in Stevens Point, WI.
OMG!!! Thank you ladies for just everything one could imagine, as I woke up from being in a coma from 02/18/68 until about this day in history, as I was shot thru the brain in Hue City during TET, my first encounter was at the 249 th General Hospital in Japan…, battleforhue.com God Bless each and everyone of you!!!!! Thank you so much for everything!!! Especially writing my parents a few letters!!! I shall always be indebted to each and everyone of you from Japan to the Portsmouth naval hospital..
I was a Donut Dollie in VN 66-67 at 4 different posts. No cookies anywhere. I hope you won’t generalize about the 600 plus of us over several years based on the experiences/views of some. Cookies is just a small example. I never imagined I could get the guys to forget the war, just get their minds off the worst of it for a few minutes or up to one hour. That’s a more important example.
Joan were you at Cu-Chi ?? I was there in Dtroop 3/4 Cav and have some pictures of some of you Girls but don’t remember any names to go with the pictures !!!!!!!!!!!!!
yes, I was at Cu Chi from December 66 to spring 67, when I was sent to Xuan Loc to open a unit there. I have a few pictures but in most cases don’t remember the units! Got to close now. Friend here to give me a ride. When were you there?
The 11th Armored Cav was in Xuan Loc, we arrived in 66
I was a chopper pilot in Nam 1966-1967 flying out of Bien Hoa Air Base. What a privilege it was to transport these Dollies to the outlying units. These flights were so eagerly sought after that the pilots drew straws/flipped to see who would win. What a joy it was just to see a hometown girl. Thank all of you for your service.
Thanks, Harold., for you kind remarks. Lisa is my dear friend.
There is a reunion of those of us who served at Cam Ranh Bay coming up. It will be Sep. 28 – Oct. 1 in Dayton, OH. I was in CRB 68-9 and the Red Cross Center was built on Herky Hill during that time. I have some pics from there.
Our group is wondering if there are any Dollies out there who would like to attend our reunion. All the info is on Facebook @ 2017 Cam Rahn Bay Reunion. Hope to hear from some of you wonderful ladies.
I was a DD in BienHoa in 67! Thanks for the rides !!!!’
Jim Mummah, I hope you get a response from the Dollies. I’m hoping you will use part of the reunion time to visit the National Museum of the Air Force. I landed at Cam Rahn in 68 numerous times in C-141’s, and flew airevac out of there to Yokota. Ended up in country in a Recon Outfit in Saigon in 69. The Dollies deserve a mention and an exhibit in the Museum. If I can help make that happen I would be delighted.
Dan S. Van Koevering: With NO disrespect meant or implied to the Donut Dollies themselves, as I’m sure my experience was either a misunderstanding or glitch in Red Cross policies. In 1967, coming back to Cu-Chi base camp (25th Infantry Division) after being out in the grunt on operations, myself and several other buddies were greeted by Red Cross personnel that may or may not have been actual designated Donut Dollies. Anyway, they had coffee and donuts for us——FOR SALE. We all respectfully declined.
I was a Donut Dollie, 66-67, including a stint as Unit Director, Cu Chi, 25th Infantry Division December 66 to late spring when I was transferred to open a new unit at Xuan Loc, 11th Armored Cav. Before Cu Chi, I was the Director at Lai Khe, one brigade of First ID. The nickname Donut Dolly was a left over from Korea where hot coffee and donuts were a cold weather treat. I didn’t see or serve a one in Viet Nam. Any coffee we served, especially in Cu Chi where we did not have a center, we were all mobile, any coffee we served was made by Mess Hall guys and either served there or put in back of a jeep or a truck to serve on a line, usually guys lined up to board choppers to go out on a large scale operation. We never sold a drop! In fact in my day, we didn’t welcome guys back as they landed. Figured what they want was to get back, get a shower, a beer, and see if there was any mail for them. I know of no, zero, zilch selling of coffee and donuts by Red Cross in Viet Nam. Afraid you’re retreading an old WWII story. And by the way, what on earth is “in the grunt”? With no disrespect, were you a grunt? who might have been in the field, forward, at a LZ, but not “in the grunt.”
I agree with you, Joan- that “in the grunt” sounds suspiciously like someone who was never in the field and maybe not even in the Army.
I spent eighteen months there and am 66. I’ve never heard that phrase.
IV CORPS/Cu Chi/25th ID July – Dec ’70
I CORPS/Camp Eagle/Eagle Dustoff/101 Abn Div (Ambl) Jan – Dec ’71
Thanks, joan VN 66-67
Do you know a Jacqueline Fooshe who was a DD in Danang in 66-67? I owe her
a big thanks. Would you happen to know how to locate her.
I’m sorry but I never met her or heard any news of her. Back in those pre email days, it as way to easy to miss hearing of colleagues at other posts or keeping in touch.
Best wishes, Joan
WOW! Just found this today…over a year after you posted!! A big thanks??!!! It’s been a long time…. thank you for your gift and great memories…. a long time ago!
I transferred from Danang to Cam Ranh Bay Army as recreation director and eventually transferred to Hospital SMH program stationed at Ft Bragg ‘68-‘69; then to Germany!
Hope time has treated you well!
Hi Jacqueline Fooshe from Christine (Schuth) and John Guili from days gone by in 1966-67! Please reach out since we’ve lost touch with you so many years ago. John and I just had our 54th Wedding Anniversary on Thanksgiving Day 2021. Hoping to hear from you.
Thank you, Joan! I can’t believe that old rumor is surfacing about Vietnam Donut Dollies. I personally NEVER saw any DD sell Anything in VN. Nor did I sell anything. In the rec centers we served kool aid and coffee – No Charge! We kool aided the flight lines – Free! The rest of the time we were airborn carrying our prop bags – never any cookies, coffee or donuts., Don’t think I ever saw a donut the whole year I was VN. Cherie Rankin VN 70-71 Danang, Cam Rahn Army and Phan Rang.
Just saw this. Thanks. joan
You are so right, Cherie! We didn’t sell anything over there! The rumors will always be there. I have even heard that ARC sold blood in hospitals!!! Where does this stuff come from?? And, how are you? Nancy Caracciolo Warner VN 69-70
Hi Cherie, I do not know if you remember me but I was your driver in Cam Ranh Bay, it was an honor to be your driver and to get to know all you wonderful women, and what a great job you all did. I have a million stories and memories that I will cherish forever! David Cline CRB 70-71
No disrespect to you Daniel, but the Vietnam Donut Dollies never sold coffee and donuts. In fact, one of my fellow Dollies was stabbed to death in CuChi 1970 by a GI. She gave her life to make yours better and you hold a grudge over imaginary coffee and donuts?
Here’s a post that can shed some light on the charging for coffee and donuts myth – http://www.donutdollies.com/in-the-news/free-donuts We hope that this link helps educate all who come to our website to learn more about the Donut Dollies story.
The Donut Dollies Documentary Team
Sad, true story, Tina. After my first tour, in Recon, I returned to C-141’s and went in to CuChi one night with a load of troops who exited the ramp while the ROK’s were going after the “bad boys” outside the perimeter who were making a “welcoming party” of mortar and rocket drops. The average age of those guys was probably 19, and after many hours in the back of that “bent wing subsonic bug sucker” they were looking forward to getting off, until the clamshells opened and the ramp dropped. I had talked to several who had been told that “as soon as you are done with your job, there’ll be Donut Dolly with cookies and Kool-Aid.” You were famous even then. I, too, believe Daniel has OD’d on “Full Metal Jacket” and “Deer Hunter” fantasies of those that were never there.
Don’t know if you want pictures. I put one in my book of a Donut Dolly giving one of our guys a “hair do”. Rene Johnson saw my picture on Facebook and knew the Dolly in the picture. Put us in touch with each other. Pretty cool.
Anyone who says Red Cross girls (Donut Dollies) sold coffee or donuts or anything else is lying, and I DO mean disrespect. I was an infantryman in Vietnam and after meeting a Donut Dolly we spent a lot of time together when I wasn’t in the field. I know what they did and didn’t do. They were honorable, intelligent, dedicated young women, who volunteered and were paid a pittance for their service. They were patriotic and did more than their part when many men were hiding in Canada. These ladies gave their time, and in some cases their lives to support the troops. They do not get VA assistance, even though, in many cases, they were also exposed to Agent Orange, were mortared, rocketed, and saw the carnage of war. Now they are forgotten by history and all but those who got to know them, appreciate them and in my case, love them. How many people today even know they were there? If you say something about one of them in a negative way in my presence, you’d be better off spitting on the flag. Which I also wouldn’t reccommend in my presence.
Thank you so very much.
Doughnut Dollie, VN 66-67
THANK YOU from this DONUT DOLLIE, too, Steve!
It been a long time coming that someone would openly stand up for us and what we did!
YOU, STEVE, are my hero today!!
Maggie Connor Dutilly Danang 1971 Cam Ranh Army 1972
I wonder if you would have known my sister, Wanda Huisman who was on Cam Ranh base in 1972 as a DD?? She passed away 3 years ago. She was exposed to Agent Orange and suffered from many health issues all her life and eventually died from cancer.
Yes, I was stationed with Wanda in Cam Ranh in 1972.
I was thrilled to see her in the documentary, and saddened to hear of her passing.
I met Wanda at one of the reunions. Wonderful Donut Dollie. I was a DD in 70-71. An Khe, Long Binh, Qui Nhon.
Well said, soldier!
I give all you Donut Dollies a lot of credit and respect for putting your young lives on hold for the troops. Looking forward to see the documentary since I was also in NhaTrang, Thu Hoa, Phy My and Bong Son 66-67. I have met one Donut Dollie in 66 named Ginny Lusinbrink in Nha Trang 1966. I salute you all.
I am looking for a donut dolly who was in Vietnam 1969 from the Richmond Indiana. can you help me?
I was in 1stmaw Mag-11 Mabs-11 security section in Danamg in 69to70, there was a Donut Dollie from Alabama, and I can’t remember her name, but she would go to a hot LZ. Thy number (1) Thank you for your time Vincent lloyd
James Allen Logue (1969-70) served with Alpha, 4/31, 196th LIB, Americal Division, based at LZ West. A rifleman, he was a professional photographer before he was drafted. He took 2500 photographs while in the war. I’m a writer who, with Jim, interviewed 70 members of Alpha who served in 69 and 70 and who appear in Jim’s photographs. One he took was of a soldier with a DD with “Kate” on her nameplate. In the 25 September 1970 issue of Southern Cross, is a story about a DD, Katherine Elizabeth Beckwith,, based at Chu Lai. She was a native of Downs, KS, but raised in San Antonio, TX and graduated from Southern Methodist University in Dallas. Jim and I have his photographs and my manuscript with a publisher. I would appreciate any information about “Kate” and hope I might be able to send a copy of the photo to see it was of her. I was not in Vietnam; still I hear from all the guys how much they appreciate your service. You, too, are veterans. Well Done. Welcome Home!
I am a Vietnam veteran (11Bravo) who wrote a book of experiences of the war (Year in Nam: A Native American Soldier’s Story). On pages 128-129, I mentioned the Donut Dollies. I say again, thank God for the Donut Dollies.
Wow, I had no idea our presence meant so much. Thanks for remembering
You ladies will probably never understand how much you meant to us. You listened to us while we rambled on….laughed with us and even cried with us. You helped to remind us there was a real world out there. A world you left behind to visit and support us.
Please remember that your presence and kind words were often the armor we wore those days.
Semper Fi, welcome home, and thank you for your service.
(1968-1969) — Phu Cat AFB, Vietnam (Central Highlands):
One of my USAF motor pool duties was to drive (21 miles) from Phu Cat AFB to Qui Nhon to pick up two “Red Cross Donut Dollies” at their mobile trailer and escort them to the base.. From the back of our pick-up truck they handed out Kool-Aid, donuts, smiles, and welcome conversation to the troops.. At the end of the day they boarded an aircraft back to Qui Nhon. — as it was too dangerous to drive them back at night.
At the time, it did not occur to me how important they were. I know now!
My lady was a Donut Dollie. She is still and always has been very special.
When I introduce her to fellow Vets and mention the fact to them. They always
step back and give her an extra thanks and smile.
Thank you to all of you and you also deserve the “WELCOME HOME”
During the fall of 1970 through the fall of 1971, I was privileged to serve as an Army Aviator with a team of great and selfless Soldiers known as The Comancheros, Alpha Company, 101st Aviation Battalion, 101st Airborne Division at Camp Eagle, located in the Hue-Phu Bai area of South Vietnam. On many occasions I also had the privilege of flying our Donut Dollies to remote Fire Support Bases and outposts scattered throughout the 101st Airborne Division’s area of operations so they could perform their mission of bringing a morale boost to our Solders… our hard fighting American troops.
These ladies… our Donut Dollies… were for many of our Soldiers the embodiment of a sister, a girlfriend, and yes, even a mother they left behind. Many of these Soldiers were just one or two years out of high school. The presence of a Donut Dollie took away from these Soldiers a bit of the harshness of war… if for only a few hours during their visits. Our Donut Dollies were subjected to the same horrors of war as were our Soldiers themselves, i.e., mortar attacks, rocket attacks, roadside explosives, small arms fire, and Agent Orange sprays. Yet, these non-combatant “angles of mercy” who served selflessly, have NO benefits such as medical; benefits that any honorably discharged veteran who may have served even less time in a combat zone when compared to that service of our Donut Dollies. This is a travesty!!!
Secondly, our Donut Dollies have no national monument resting on the hallowed grounds where resides The Vietnam Wall, the 3 American Soldiers in Vietnam Monument, and the Combat Nurses Monument in our National Capital. Yet, these God fearing, selfless ladies served alongside of us day after day, witnessing the horrors and harshness of war for at least one year. They were a part of us. We cared for them. They cared for us. They need to be represented among us on that hallowed ground. If nothing more than a monument depicting a Donut Dollie handing a cookie or a piece of mail to a battle wary Soldier… allowing him a small respite from the grueling nature of war.
This is a national call to all Vietnam Veterans to flood the offices of our elected officials in Washington, DC to propose and pass legislation granting these ladies… our Donut Dollies… the benefits they richly deserve. This is also a national call to our elected officials in Washington, DC to propose and pass legislation to erect a proper monument depicting the selfless and caring service these ladies performed for our troops… Soldiers, Marines, Sailors, Airmen… while in Vietnam. We all served together… we should be memorialized together!
THANK YOU, Jay, for your kind words…
I was one of the Donut Dollies your Unit transported to Dong Ha, and surrounding bases on the DMZ from Camp Eagle…We so appreciated your help in getting us safely to the forward areas and back!
GOD BLESS YOU and WELCOME HOME!
Maggie did you serve with Penni Evans and Susan Bradshaw in Quang Tri? I served with Echo 1/11th Inf. June 70-May71 and would have probably met you there. Thank you for serving. What you gals did deserves recognition.
Thanks , Robert, for your service and WELCOME HOME!!
I got to Nam in Aug. ’71, after the Quang Tri Donut Dollie Unit closed…I was stationed in Danang and we covered the northern I Corps area after those ladies derosed. I knew Penni and Susan, but was stationed in MR I after they closed that Unit.
Maggie Connor Dutilly I was in Vietnam 71-72 in Danang and was kinda the overseer of The Last Resort Red Cross Rec center at Freedom Hill starting around November of 71 after 1/14th Arty stood down on LZ Linda.. I remember all you Danang Dollies at Camp Horn who spent time at the center. Do you know anything about Susan Warr and Theo Whitsell? I went to Thailand on R&R with them in early 72. I remember you had pretty good guitar skills. Would like to hear from you.
After all these years ! What a wonderful surprise.
I loved your write up and so surprised to see Susan and my name listed along with Maggie’s. Great memories , life lessons and experiences for all.
You are welcome to drop me a line and I can send pictures as well.
Blessings to you.
Ms. Theo (Whitsell) Roddy
So good to see your response to Bill!
How are you? Where are you now?
Do you hear from Susan…
I have lost your and her addresses…
I remember a beautiful and kind girl that took our minds off the troubles and worries of Vietnam. I served with the 1/327 Tiger Force and this was one of the few times we were on a FB. Donut Dollies were fearless, showing up in places most people tried
to avoid. That small act of kindness has stayed with me for 45+ years and is a welcome memory of that time.
I’m sure you never received any recognition of the sacrifices you and your sisters made during that era. Thank you for service.
Love and respect
Tiger Force 1/327 70-71
Thank you Jay….after all these years it means so much to hear your words as well as the other kind sentiments of those who served. I was inBien Hoa, Qui Nhon, Chu Lai – 70-71. Found it tough to come back to the world….spent a year traveling around Europe…..eventually came back to work in recreation for ARC at Ft.Sam Houston, San Antonio…..It would be great to have some VA research or recognition of the DD exposure to Agent Orange but I don’t know if that will ever happen. Anyway, thanks to all who served: military and civilian
Ann Mitchell DD 70-71
My sister, Wanda Huisman, was on Cam Ranh base in 1972. She was exposed to Agent Orange and had health problems all the rest of her life. She passed away in March 2019 from cancer.
Cam Rahn Bay & Tuy Hoa AB, ’68-’69. I so remember the girls coming out to my plane and offering cool aid and cookies. Just to see and talk to them made the day much brighter. I have and will always have a special place in my heart for them. They deserve to be recognized for their unselfish giving.
Jay. I spent from Jan. to Dec. of ’71 with E Co. !/327th 101st. Did you ever transport two Donut Dollies and an officer out to O.P. Destroyer located near the Ashau? You might recall a small hand painted sign by the tiny landing pad which read “Welcome to O.P. Bien F***ed. ” The girls brought Red Cross packages to us and a garbage can filled with iced sodas and beer. This would have been in March of ’71 during Lam Son 17. Two mortar teams, three of us FDC and a rifle platoon spent 55 days there. Resupply had dried up, leaving us short of water, c-rats and ammo. DX fatigues never did show. We’d been there a couple of weeks or so when a slick arrived with the Dollies. Against the officers ‘advice’, they stayed for several hours. We’d been visited by the Dollies at Bastonge and B-Ham, but when they showed at the O.P. we were surprised as hell.
These young women had taken a serious risk coming out to us. In my humble opinion for all the reasons you brought up, they earned and deserve VA benefits. The guy who wrote that they sold coffee and donuts falls under the category of a “lying sack of sh**.”
As a Vietnam veteran, I really look forward to seeing the Donut Dollies documentary. They did such great work and got to experience the day to day life of a soldier. Needless to say, their lives were as equally at risk as that of the brave military men fighting the battles. The story of these beautiful women must be told and one that must never be forgotten.
My aunt ( Charlotte ” Sue” Hudson) was in Vietnam with ARC 1969-70, She said she never charged any soldiers for food or drinks and not sure where those stories come from. She volunteered because she wanted to do something to help. It turned out to be one the things in her life that she always felt good/proud about doing. I have several slides and photos that she took while there.
I am searching for Donut Dollie, Cynthia Colburn in connection with a biography of Major Walter Joseph Potock, USAF.
Major Potock was highly decorated officer (SS, DFC, AM (13)). who served in the 20th & 21st TASS as an O-1 Bird Dog pilot ’67-’68. In August 1967 he was flying out Kontum. On August 24, he participated in SAR operations of a downed UH1C, marking its location those of its survivors for SAR helicopters.
On August 24, 1967, Cynthia (Cindy?) Colburn was onboard a UHIC that had departed Polei Kleng, near Pleiku Airfield, on a combat support liaison mission to Plei Krong, Pleiku Province, South Vietnam. The 4th Infantry, with the assistance of the 25th Infantry Division and 1st Cavalry (Airmobile), were conducting an operation called Paul Revere IV, an ongoing effort to halt enemy activity near the Cambodian border.
The U-H1C (one report says it was a U-H1H), Serial #66-12526, of the 119th Attack Helicopter Company (AHC) crash landed in Se San River, near Kontum, Pleiku Province, not far from the Cambodian border. The official report states the A/C was on a combat support mission flying at low-level along the river. While attempting a tight 180 turn the A/C was caught in a downdraft and crashed in the river in about 10 feet of swiftly moving water. Unofficially, it was reported by a member of the 119th AHC that the A/C was flying too low and fast. When the A/C banked sharply the rotor blades hit the water resulting in a crash.
WO Richard N. Morrison, Pilot A/C Commander – Rescued
WO Dayton Witherall, Pilot – Rescued
SSG Ronald L. Holtzman, Gunner – KIA (body not recovered)
SFC Richard M. Allard, Crew Chief – KIA (body not recovered)
2LT Kenneth B. Goff – KIA (body not recovered)
2LT Richard J. Schell – KIA (body not recovered)
1LT Sterling A. Wall – KIA (body recovered)
SGM John R. Ulp – Rescued
Miss Cynthia Colburn – Rescued
Air searches were conducted on August 24th, 25th, and 26th. Major Potock was part of the initial SAR mission. Rescue helicopters arrived 45 minutes after the crash and rescued four of the nine people onboard the A/C. SSG Ronald L. Holtzman of White Post, VA, had called out to Morrison, the A/C commander, that he could not swim. His body was seen drifting away downstream from the crash site and was recovered the following month.
Due to the swift current the other survivors were also carried downstream. Major Potock arrived on the scene shortly after the crash and identified an oil slick on the river and marked it with smoke. He located the survivors downstream and marked their locations as well.
The U.S. Army acknowledged that as the mission was combat related. Miss Colburn was on the A/C illegally. Women serving in Vietnam were not supposed to be placed in combat situations. It is not clear in the official record why she was on the aircraft, although Phyllis H. Allard (see below), SFC Richard Allard’s mother, said that the aircraft was carrying passengers en-route from a hospital and that Colburn was a Red Cross worker. At present it is unclear whether Cynthia was a member of the Supplemental Recreation Activities Overseas (SRAO) program or in the Service to Military Hospitals (SMH).
Three of those onboard, Allard, Goff, Schell, were initially listed as MIA. The US Army changed their status from MIA to KIA “body not recovered” in 1978. They are likely still at the bottom of the Se San River inside their helicopter.
Interestingly, one of the more compelling POW/MIA stories from Vietnam arises from this incident. Mrs. Phyllis Dorothy (Hasterlik) Allard, of Chicago, the mother of SFC Richard Allard, travelled to Phnom Penh, Cambodia in late January 1972 to search for her son. In sworn testimony she states that she and Japanese Journalist, Hideaki Sakamoto, of the Kyodo News Service, Tokyo, met with Cambodian and Viet Cong officials who blindfolded them and took them to an underground bunker in Cambodia where her son was being held. Once inside the bunker her son was brought in to see her for several minutes. In the same bunker she says she saw approximately 25 other Americans being held captive.
Any assistance in locating Cynthia Colburn would be appreciated.
I spent my year at Xi An, Chu Chi, Phan Rang and Cam Rahn air base and TDY many different places. I would not trade my year for anything. It was 1967/68. It was a year you saw everything. We had the first soft ice cream stand at Xi An to the Tet Offensive at Cam Rahn. I look for the names of the girls I served with but I very seldom see any. That bothers me. The guys were great. That’s all I have to say for now.
I served 66-67 in Long Binh, just long enough to build and open the unit, Lai Khe, Cu Chu, and opened another unit at Xuan Loc. As UD, no TDYs, Like you I never hear about those I worked with w one* great exception. My reaction is much like yours too.
* a second one too. Shelley and I were in same class in DC, where we became friends, and then were room mates at our first post. We were friends and in touch for years after; she visited me in Mexico and Spain and I here. Very sadly, she died way too young of MS., more than 20 years ago.
Hi Joan, if you were one of the first DD’s in Long Binh then you must have been at the 24th Evac when I was stationed there. I’m sure I would recognize your photo although not your name (I have a photographic memory which often astounds people.) A fellow medic and I have published a humorous memoir that includes several stories involving the DD’s. (Two of those stories involve Robert Mitchum and James Garner– and possibly you too.) Because the DD’s flew out to different bases every day and were transferred to different areas every three months, they often saw more of Vietnam than just about anyone in the military. When I first heard the term “Donut Dolly” it sounded like a disparaging term, so I never said it in their presence. Later I found out they called themselves that! According to my research, the nickname was first coined during WW II and then it stuck. More info at longbinhdaze.com or just Google “Long Daze at Long Binh.”
I just realized I have a photo of a Donut Dolly standing next to James Garner (in jungle fatigues.). Could that be you Joan?
Sadly, I don’t think that was/is me. I was one of four staff who opened Red Cross Donut Dolly Unit at Long Binh, so new they were still doing construction our first few weeks there. And we were making signs for paper back library,, games corner etc. and doing almost no programs. The two experts sent we two newbies to welcome incoming troops w coffee etc. And then 11 weeks later I had a field promotion and sent to Lai Khe as Unit Director. I think the flights out of Long Binh area started after I left. I agree, we did see a lot of country. Our work at Lai Khe, Cu Chi and Xuan Loc were all mobile, i.e, no Red Cross Centers. We covered Tay Nin through the Delta..
Your sounds like great fun!
I agree with Ginny wholeheartedly. It was the best year of my life……..used every ounce of ingenuity, courage and boldness I had in me. I would never trade those years of 1967-1968 for anything in the world and I’d do it all over again in a heartbeat. The soldiers were treasures to keep forever in my mind. I was in DaNang, Chu Lai for several months, but mostly with the Big Red One in Lai Khe. Unbelievable experience and nothing I’ve done in my life since can compare to it. I can’t really find most of the women I served with, but wish I could. Thanks forever to all our soldiers who were…..and still are…..absolute HEROES.
Did you know a Lance LaGrange, F-100 pilot killed in Feb of 1968? Best friend from pilot training, “sole surviving son” of a WWII pilot, with no requirement to go to SEA. TRying to get as much info as I can before putting a memorial “plate” at the AF Museum in Dayton.
I am looking for a Donut Dollie from the Richmond, Indiana area with the Americal Division serving in the Central Highlands. Can you please help me find her? I am still looking 50 years later.
Worked in Danang in 69 and 70 for philco Ford and RMK-BRJ, as a civilian we were all over south vietnam, construction sites, bridges, bases etc. although considered a “non-com” we saw our share of the ugly side.
I spent plenty of off time at Freedom Hill in DaNang and met some great people, got to spend some quality time with a few of the DD’s. often wonder where everyone is and if they got home safe.
One particular DD I have tried to locate is barbara Barrett, Detroit. last I saw of her was when she skinned up the front gate after hours at the American Airlines Stew school in Dallas, Texas, 71′ or 72′ sue Smith was another name I remember, believe she was from Cincinnati.
Anyone have any info I would appreciate it
I was with the 196th Light Infantry Brigade from February 1968 to February 1969, mostly with B Company 3/21 as an RTO. During my tour, I was on fire support base LZ Center from October 1968 to February 1969. When these wonderful women would come from Chu Lai to Center, their visits were like a calming breeze from home. There were a couple of these angels that I had an opportunity to spend a few minutes with, one in particular who I came to call Ohio. If there are any of the Red Cross ladies who might remember visiting LZ Center I would appreciate hearing from you. Thank you for your unselfish volunteering…it really meant something to us. Bless you.
Well finally! I’ve connected with a soldier who was where I was in 1968. I was in Chu Lai for three months in the spring/summer of that year, after my first assignment with the 1st Infantry Div in Lai The for six months. Yes, I remember LZ Center very well have have many pictures of that time. The soldiers there treated us well and were always smiling and eager to play our games……….. or just talk. We appreciated all of you and consider you all American Heroes. Thank you for your service and……..
Welcome Home, Kevin!
Excellent!! I saw some of your photos when I scrolled back through these responses and would love to see more and perhaps in a larger format! I remember getting my hair cut by one of you angels during that time period, with a photographer taking photos. My email address is: kptsmith at aol.com. I am also on Facebook. If there is a way to stay in touch, that would be grand.
Anyway, I can’t say enough how much you and your counterparts meant to us when you visited. It was really and truly like a visit from home. Bless you, bless you, bless you!
Excellent!! I scrolled back and found where you had posted photos…I would love to see more! I remember having my hair cut by one of you angels, with a professional photographer from the Red Cross taking shots. If there is a way for us to connect further, that would be wonderful! I am on Facebook – Kevin Smith. I also have tried to give my email address in this reply but it seems that doesn’t work or maybe I’m just a technical knucklehead.
Anyway, you and your fellow angels meant so much to me and to us. As I said, a lovely calming breeze from home, you all were. Bless you, bless you, bless you!
Jeez…I called you Peggy….my goodness. I got all carried away when I saw your response! My apologies, Patty.
I really hope I overlapped with you because I transferred from Cam Ranh AFB to the Americal Donut Dolly Unit in Feb 1969. I stayed “under the Southern Cross“ except for a 2-week TDY with the 101st ABN in late May,, 69.until I Derosed in Aug, 1969. I loved my visits on Center, East, West, Siberia, and Baldy, and I had great friends in the A and C companies 3/21st — Gimlets and Charlie Tigers. Thank you for your kind words about how the Donut Dollies’ arrivals on LZs made a positive difference. Our mission was to provide a “Touch of Home in the Combat Zone” and to let you guys know that we cared enough to put ourselves at risk to show we cared.
I arrived in country 6 weeks after my 1968 college graduation. Of course this was the year that changed my life forever. Hard to believe that almost 52 years have flown by, and now I’m a grandmother of 5. My husband flew missions off the USS Intrepid in 1966, so his war as a Navy Pilot was so very different from mine on the ground and in helicopters. We met after I returned home. Our older son is on active duty in the Navy now. He joined after 9/11 to continue our family’s legacy of service dating back to the Revolutionary War. Now he’s in his 19th year and headed overseas soon. I’m still very active with the Red Cross, the 4 VA Medical Centers in my state, and other VN Veterans activities and ceremonies. I hope that life is treating you well, especially during these pandemic times. Thanks again for remembering the Donut Dollies and our visits to LZs. We weren’t there to support the war, but we were all dedicated to support our guys, the warriors.
Decided to visit this site again and saw your message. Again, bless you for being there for us. What extraordinary courage and kindness was expressed by volunteering. Glad you are well and for continued service. As for me, I am doing OK. I try to get out each day to walk and take photos, some of which I post on a website I joined – http://www.Artwanted.com/wanderingoldman – and if anyone purchases photos, the proceeds will be donated to the Gary Sinese Foundation.
Take care and thanks again,
Hi Larry! Do you remember me? Diane Schmidt Curley Cam Rahn Bay and Chu lai (68-69) I hope you are well! I was volunteering with the Red Cross at the VA hospital in Milwaukee until the pandemic . I hope to go back when things open up! Diane
I’m a “Vietnam Vet….1968,,,,looking for a Donut Dollie named Carol Clarke.
I went to high school with her in Austin, Texas. We graduated in 1964 together.
I would like to contact her and gather information about her time in Vietnam in the ’70’s.
Thanks so much…
Hi there! My name is Rebecca Dickey and I am a high school senior. My sister and I are doing a National History Day project about the Doughnut Dollies of WWII. I think that your story is amazing!!! I would really like an experienced Dolly to look over my project to make sure I got the specifics down so that I get the real story and don’t put any false information.
In June 2018 I was visiting the Biltmore Mansion in North Carolina when a woman came up to me and asked if I was a Vietnam Vet (I was wearing a VV ball-cap), and I told her I was. Her name was “Larry” Young and she explained that she was a Donut Dollie. I won’t say that I had forgotten them because I never will, but this was the first time I had seen one since Nam. We spent an hour getting to know each other better and it made my day – hell, it made my year.
They truly are Vietnam Vets, the same as us. Love them all.
My mother was a Donut Dolly. Does any one remember a Robin Brown from Mississippi. She met her husband and my father, Gary Robison , at Bearcat. Still married after 50 years
I just enjoyed this after having it forwarded from a friend who was an Army RN in VN. She remains active in her Veteran’s Group and the Women’s Memorial. I was a DD in Korea from 1962-1964, during the year that JFK was assassinated. I continued to work for ARC for a few years on my return from travels home. I did get orders to go to VN in 1967 but chose to stay in the US and do other things. This documentary certainly brought back memories of my experience, even though Korea was not in combat, it was still a hardship tour of duty at that time. We did serve donuts made by our Korean bakers and I managed to fall into a tray of them while hanging Christmas decorations in one of our sites.
I was stationed at the 24th Evac (Long Binh) in ’66-67. A number of Donut Dollies used the 24th as their home base, although I don’t remember their names. A fellow medic and I have published a humorous memoir that includes several stories involving the DD’s. Because they flew out to different bases every day and were transferred to different areas every three months, they often saw more of Vietnam than just about anyone in the military. A chopper with Donut Dollies onboard would often use the radio call sign “Delta Delta” as code for the DD’s. More info at http://www.longbinhdaze.com or just Google “Long Daze at Long Binh.”
I was the commander of the 525th QM (POL) Company in Cam Ranh Bay, We operated several job sites 24 hours daily. The DDs came to the company area once a week and stayed for one hour. They met the night shift in the day room, making small talk and playing board games with the few troops present. Two DDs came, Marsha from WI and Kitty from VA. I asked if they could arrange a two hour visit so they could visit my troops at the work sites. They agreed to try it out to see how it worked out. I went to the ice cream plant and was issued a couple of 5 gallon containers, took them to the mess hall, had the ice cream scooped into cups and kept them in the freezer until the DDs arrived. They hopped in my jeep along with the ice cream in coolers and we visited the troops. They served the ice cream and some refreshing drinks too. From then on, they always came for 2 hours and visited! My troops loved it as did the DDs. They told me coming to the 525th was the best unit they visited as they felt they were being effectively utilized.
Kitty was an older DD and has now passed, but she sent me a water color of CRB that is hung at the entrance of my home. Thanks so much, Marsha and Kitty!
I was a DD from the fall of 1969 to the fall of 1970. I served at Bien Hoa Army Post, Qui Nhon, Tuy Hoa, and Cu Chi. It was an honor to serve and to bring a small touch of home. We surely made up and carried the earliest versions of “Trivial Pursuit” in our big green bags. That year will always be one of the most important years of my life.
I served in Korea in 1967-68 and am interested in receiving updates about the film and how to get a copy when it’s released.
How do I get in touch with those responsible for putting this project together? I would like to approach my local library here in Princeton, NJ to see if they might be interested in presenting a Donut Dollies event that could include an actual Dollie, who could speak about her experiences. The library may even be interested in showing the DVD to go along with the talk. Thank you and I will await your reply.
Enjoyed the showing in San Diego more than I imagined. So proud and appreciative of the women and all they meant to us. Dorset and I were in Cu Chi together even though she and I didn’t know it at the time. I too went back to Viet Nam last year. Sad we couldn’t get on Cu Chi base either. Lots of doors were closed, ghosts shaken off and comfort acquired. Will return again. Thank you to all that made this happen and I could not be prouder to have been an early supporter. Will do all I can to get the word out. Best always, Kermit Sgt, Delta Company 1st of the 27th Infantry Wolfhounds, 25th Infantry Division, Cu Chi, South Vietnam, 1968
I have a short video of a DD on a firebase
I would be glad to send if you want
When will the video be released?
We are working through the legal requirements as we work towards DVD release and planning for additional film festival and community screenings. We do hope you are able to come experience our film on the big screen.
Thank you for your interest in the Donut Dollies and for your support of our documentary!
The Donut Dollies Documentary
Love to see the film. stationed at Di An, Phan Rang, Cu Cui and Cam Rhan–1966-67. Miss seeing pictures of girls that were in my class. Would not trade the year for anything.
Ginny Bradlley, Joan Mckniff, and other DDs, I am Maggie (Goodrich) Hodge. I arrived at Lai Khe Oct. 1st of ’66 and left Feb. 10th of ’67. Went to Da Nang with trips to Chu Lai and ended at Phan Rang with 101st. I do remember you and am so glad to see your names and read your stories.
Those of us who left VN before Tet have been hard to follow. I know that I felt like I went to a war and missed it when I got home. At Lai Khe we woke to a close B 52 strike, and short rounds across the road one night. Then Tet came and apparently demolished the Red Cross Center and the house where we lived. I was not able to go back.
There was a list of those who could be found for the dedication of the Women’s Memorial so long ago. I don’t think it is available any more. Thanks more than I can say to the Vets who are posting here. It is very thoughtful and uplifting. I will be looking forward to the film! Also, I took my camera every where in VN, but I could never get all the names of those smiling young men who were the best, and who made us smile too. You are never forgotten. I wanted to preserve you as best as possible.
Thank you for finally producing this documentary and for being so determined to do so! My sister Nancy Caracciolo Warner was a Donut Dollie and in country from August 1969 to July 1970. As my older sister, she was already my sHERO. When she returned from VN, I understood even more just how courageous and selfless she was/is. And how courageous and selfless all of these young women were.
Welcome home to each of them. Tributes to those who have passed on to their reward.
Again- many thanks for this film!
On June 10th 1968 3rd battalion 5th Marines India company was in a firefight and I was wounded, and helicoptered to DaNang. I remember a lady came to my bed and wrote a letter to my parents telling them I was alive and would be sent home. Then and now it may have been the kindest act I have ever known. No idea who or if she was a Donut Dollie or not but i had the pleasure of meeting more ladies in Japan and St Albans navy hospital. I wish I had taken the time to write down their names but to my dismay I did not. The nurses, doctors and Dollies without a doubt saved my life and I will always be grateful.
I have often thought of the red cross center at Cam Rahn and one of the girls there who played the guitar. I keep thinking her name was Joan. They sure helped lift our spirits, And one of the most happy moments I recall was Christmas day 69 when we spent the afternoon with the orphans. My thanks to them all.
This Documentary is remarkably crafted, wonderful people featured in sensitive and heartwarming ways, beautiful scenery, sad moments and happy ones, incisive cinematography, perfect music, and so much more, including Education, History, and Culture. No Wonder this film is earning Awards !
My hearty applause to the entire team, and to all the participants in the documentary from start to finish. This is the first time I’ve viewed the full documentary, Rest Assured I’ll be watching it again, often, and will have more to add after each viewing. Thank You !
Thank you ladies for what you did for all of us. Met some of you at Long Binh in ’67. You are a special group. 854th Signal Detachment
This site is bigger than just a documentary, bigger than a historic film. This site is a place of healing and recognition and remembrance. Thank you to all involved in recognizing the Vietnam-era Donut Dollies.
Wonderful tribute to these brave young women!
These exceedingly Patriotic and always Above and Beyond Courageous women were encountered by me many times in 1967 and 1968 during my tour with Co. C 2nd Bn. 503rd Inf. 173rd Abn (SEP) They seemed to always be around both before and after some truly harrowing battles around Bien Hoa, Pleiku, Kontum, and so many others. Especially up in (the then very desolate) Ben-Het and Dakto region where a super smiley-faced “Dollie” was the very first person to greet me with a wonderfully memorable cup of hot coffee after surviving Hill 875 on thanksgiving day of 1967. I can still clearly recall her beautiful,, comforting face that gave me everything I needed to remain sane and carry on… Sgt. L.W. Watson RA-18906080 out!
Thanks to every donut dolly who spent time bringing cheer to us..
John Organ,, 3de Brigade, 9th Infantry Division, Tan An Airfield, Long An Province, 1969-1970
Hi Larry! Do you remember me? Diane Schmidt Curley Cam Rahn Bay and Chu lai (68-69) I hope you are well! I was volunteering with the Red Cross at the VA hospital in Milwaukee until the pandemic . I hope to go back when things open up! Diane
I am having a Women’s Motorcycle Ride for National Women’s Day on March 5th in Hartwell, GA. I would love to speak to someone about how I could possibly get one of these ladies to come be a guest speaker.
Just before Christmas 1970, two donut dollies came out to LZ Blackhawk halfway between An Khe and Pleiku. They brought the spirit of Christmas to my artillery battery A/7/15 FA. They conducted a Christmas tree decorating contest. I was one of the two “trees”. My team won, in part, because someone hung an ornament from a hole in the seat of my pants. I would love to know the names of those wonderful women.
Fabulous screening in Beaufort today. Thank you for bringing this to us.
I am a Vietnam veteran and I have an opportunity to bring more visibility to the Donut Dollies documentary and would like to get in touch with Norm Anderson to discuss the details. Can anyone provide me with his direct e-mail or telephone number? Thank you!