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Connie Edwards - Vietnam War

Connie Edwards grew up in Birmingham, Alabama during the height of the civil rights movement in the city, and was involved with several marches and protests while still a young girl. She then earned her nursing degree from Tuskegee University and immediately was commissioned as a U.S. Army nurse. Following her initial military training and an assignment stateside, Connie was sent to South Vietnam in August, 1967 and was assigned to the 24th Evacuation Hospital stationed north of Saigon. She spent the next year working with a steady flow of wounded, both American and South Vietnamese.

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Feature Excerpt

A Frog in the Shower

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Growing up in Birmingham, AL during the height of the civil rights movement

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Army nursing training, and year with the 24th Evac Hospital in S. Vietnam

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

More experiences in Vietnam, and postwar period and Vietnam memorials

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The Love family gathered at their grandmother’s home in Greensboro, Alabama in 1959. From left to right are Robert, Shirley, Willie Mae, Brenda, Connie, Fannie, Elex (Father), Elizabeth, Alice (Mother), Alex, and Fred.

Where:

Greensboro, Alabama

When:

1959

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Narrator’s photo

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This Quonset hut was used for post-operative patients for the 24th Evacuation Hospital located on Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Vietnam, in 1967.

Where:

Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Vietnam

When:

1967

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Narrator’s photo

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USO entertainers put on a show for the troops at Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Vietnam in 1967.

Where:

Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Vietnam

When:

1967

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Narrator’s photo

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The nurses decorated Post OP#2 for Christmas, 1967. The 24th Evac Hospital was based at Tan Son Nhut Airbase, South Vietnam.

Where:

Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Vietnam

When:

1967

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Narrator’s photo

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Connie only had a couple civilian dresses while serving at Tan Son Nhut Airbase in Vietnam. Most of her time was spent in uniform and hospital garb during her tour.

Where:

Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Vietnam

When:

1968

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Narrator’s photo

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The troops are out in the sun at Tan Son Nhut Airbase during a USO concert headlined by singer James Brown (the Godfather of Soul) in 1968.

Where:

Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Vietnam

When:

1968

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Narrator’s photo

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Connie relaxes and takes time for a picture while off duty somewhere on Tan Son Nhut Airbase, South Vietnam, in 1968.

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Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Vietnam

When:

1968

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Narrator’s photo

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Writing letters to her family back in Birmingham was one of Connie’s off-duty activities while she was stationed at Tan Son Nhut Airbase in 1968.

Where:

Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Vietnam

When:

1968

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Narrator’s photo

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Patient Greg Peters was one of the many soldiers whose spirits was lifted while he was under care of Connie and others at the hospital at Tan Son Nhut Airbase in 1968.

Where:

Tan Son Nhut Airbase, Vietnam

When:

1968

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Narrator’s photo

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Connie met Major General Charles Bolden at a Military Ball in Washington D.C. in 1987.

Where:

Washington D.C.

When:

1987

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Narrator’s photo

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Connie met Major General Charles Bolden at a Military Ball in Washington D.C. in 1987.

Where:

Washington D.C.

When:

1987

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Narrator’s photo

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Connie pictured with Lt. General Frank E. Peterson (first black Marine Corps General) at Military Ball in Washington D.C., 1987.

Where:

Washington D.C.

When:

1987

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Narrator’s photo

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Connie with her two daughters, Tonya on the left and Sharon on the right, circa 1988.

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Unknown

When:

1988

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Narrator’s photo

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Connie is wearing her class B army uniform during an event.

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Unknown

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Unknown

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