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"Many times the guys would wake up and say to you, 'Did I die? Did I go to heaven? You’re the first round-eyed woman I’ve seen in months.'" (Video Interview, 20:14)

   Julia M. Haskell
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Julia Haskell at the 91st Evacuation Hospital Tuy Hoa, Vietnam [1969]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army Nurse Corps
Unit: 6th Convalescent Center; 91st EVAC Hospital
Service Location: Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Valley Forge, Pennsylvania; Fort Sam Houston, Texas (basic training); Tuy Hoa, and Cam Ranh Bay, Vietnam
Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
Place of Birth: New York, NY
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In 1968, as the Vietnam War became a flash point of controversy for many young Americans, 23-year-old Julia Grabner enlisted in the Army simply because she saw a need for nurses. In her interview, she’s honest about the intensity of her duty experiences: treating GI casualties as well as Vietnamese villagers, and the hard partying with her “big brother” comrades that helped relieve the stress of her 72-hour work weeks. Grabner didn’t leave the lessons of her experiences behind; she has worked with veteran support groups and to educate young people about the aftershocks of war.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (9 clips)
»Complete Interview  (46 min.)
»Photo Album (3 photos)
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 Video (Interview Excerpts) (9 items)
Dealing with war’s trauma; working with vets; educating teens about war. (03:22) Starting a women’s veterans group. (01:43) Coming home to a hostile reception. (04:07)
Treating villagers with medicine and advice. (02:42) Dealing with GI patients. (01:18) Her “big brothers”; weekend parties; long hours. (04:00)
Her duty station and duties; dealing with orphans. (02:19) Last leg of trip to Vietnam; arrival. (02:06) Training in ER procedures; off to Vietnam. (02:33)
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  May 29, 2007
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