In our ninth installment of Memorabilia Monday, we are honored to share a memorabilia display from the personal archive of Suzanne Shoemaker Fortune (November 15, 1948 – September 17, 2016). Suzanne served In Vietnam from 1970 – 71.
You can see additional photos of Suzanne’s time in Vietnam in the bonus features included with the purchase of the Donut Dollies documentary at www.donutdollies.com
In this memory collage of Suzanne’s time in Vietnam, you can see many items that meant a lot to her. At the top center is an artistic photo of Suzanne with a tangle of barbed wire superimposed over her image, to the right is the red boonie hat that many Donut Dollies enjoyed wearing in-country. The booklet marked 1971 is her American Express Military Banking passbook, along with a couple pair of dog tags and a peace sign necklace. Plus, there’s over 25 pins she received from units she visited, which are affixed to the flap of a Claymore Mine bag.
As you’ll read below in Suzanne’s obituary, like many of her Donut Dollie sisters she chose to make a career in the military. Suzanne had a distinguished 24-year career in the United States Air Force and retired in 1997 as a full Colonel.
We thank Michael Fortune (Suzanne’s husband) and Emily Strange’s sister, Peggy Michel, for allowing us to share these materials.
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