In our second installment of Memorabilia Monday, we present multiple patches received in Vietnam by Donut Dollie Linette (Linnie) Stone. She served in the Red Cross’ SRAO program (Supplemental Recreation Activities Overseas) at Pleiku (October, 1966 – February, 1967), Long Binh (February, 1967 – June, 1967) and Lai Khe (July, 1967 – November, 1967).
Many Donut Dollies were gifted patches and pins from the men they visited on military bases, firebases and on their return home, which they proudly affixed to their boonie hats. In the years following Linnie’s service, she would do public talks about her service in Vietnam and you can see she displayed her patches on the back of her Donut Dollie uniform top.
There are 18 different patches in this photo and what we’d like to ask is for any Donut Dollies or veterans to help identify the units for each patch (numbered 1 – 18 from top row left to bottom row right). Also, if you have a Donut Dollie story to share relating to any of these unit patches, we hope you’ll share them in the comments below.
We thank Linette (Linnie) Stone for her service and for sharing her memorabilia with us. We’re proud to have included portions of our interview with her in our award-winning documentary, as well as the bonus features. You can learn more about the Donut Dollies and how to purchase the Donut Dollies documentary at www.donutdollies.com
You can also read Linnie’s in-her-own-words Donut Dollie Detail feature at www.donutdollies.com/donut-dollie-detail/meet-red-cross-donut-dollie-linnie-stone