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Minnesota's Women Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project: Interview with Ann Benson Rudolph
BIOGRAPHICAL INFORMATION: Ann Benson Rudolph was born in Illinois and attended St. Olaf College in Northfield, Minnesota. She studied nursing and later enlisted in the U.S. Army. She served in Vietnam as a nurse and, upon return to the United States, became involved in groups such as the Veterans Administration (VA) and a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) group. SUBJECTS DISCUSSED: Childhood; college; becoming a nurse; joining the U.S. Army Nurse Corps; training at Fort Sam Houston; working at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C.; meeting and marrying her college sweetheart; getting orders to go to Vietnam; family's reaction to her Vietnam orders; gender issues in the military; interaction with male colleagues in the military; nursing as a female-dominated profession; arrival in Vietnam and working at a Mobile Army Surgical Hospital unit; culture and people of Vietnam; working in the psychiatric ward; hospital conditions; differences between evacuation hospitals and field hospitals; bonding with patients; emotional implications of war; being a symbol for the Army Nurse Corps; being naive before Vietnam; memorable experiences in Vietnam; being unaware of the political situation; corresponding with husband and parents; going back home; the Vietnam Women's Memorial; involvement in the VA; discharge; post-traumatic stress disorder; war and the media; current war in Iraq; advice for soldiers; what it means to be an American citizen.
3 hours sound cassette
59 pages transcript
Content Category: sound recordings
Content Category: text
180 minutes length
Interviewer: Heikkila, Kim
Interviewee: Rudolph, Ann Benson
Made in: Fridley, Anoka County, Minnesota, United States
|Holding Type||Oral History - Interview|
OH 113 (Library Call Number)
AV2007.38.10 (Accession Number)
MHS Library Catalog
Oral History - Project, MHS Collection, project: 'Minnesota's Women Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project'