Today we start a new feature focused on the history of the Donut Dollies, we call it Memorabilia Mondays. All throughout the creation of our award-winning documentary on the Donut Dollies, we have been pleasantly surprised by the outpouring of vintage photos and film shared with us for our film, as well as memorabilia, most of which has only been seen by the Donut Dollies themselves.
We are beginning this feature with the letter from the Red Cross, informing the women who were interviewed for consideration for the Supplemental Recreation Activities Overseas program, that they had indeed been accepted. There is so much information packed into this letter, which obviously would have been a lot to take in by the new SRAO members, including annual pay, training location, necessary immunizations, uniforms, IDs. We can only imagine that this would have been quite overwhelming, as they were to report for training just over 2-weeks from the date on the letter.
This letter was shared with us by Diane Diggs Byrd, who served in Vietnam at II Field Force in Long Bien in 1968. We thank Diane for sharing this letter with us and allowing us to share it with you. We featured Diane in our soon to restart feature, The Donut Dollie Detail, just over a year ago, and we’d like to suggest you read her story of service in Vietnam by following this link – www.donutdollies.com/donut-dollie-detail/meet-donut-dollie-diane-diggs-byrd We believe you’ll find her story quite interesting.
Please check back each Monday for a new piece of vintage Donut Dollie memorabilia and feel free to comment. We’d also like to ask you to share this post to help spread the word about the Donut Dollies.