RIVER CITY a nurse’s year in Vietnam
(ISBN 9780982298909, memoir, 303 pages, $14.95)
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At 24 I volunteered for Vietnam as a civilian nurse in a primitive Vietnamese hospital caring for people caught in the crossfire. I was against the war and never expected to fall in love with a gung-ho American marine who was involved with the CIA, or the Tet Offensive.
At The Other Angels you can see excerpts from a documentary I made about my Vietnam medical team. It won audience awards at film festivals, aired nationally on PBS and won a Gracie and the Grand Award from American Women in Radio and Television. You can also view the entire 1-hour documentary at archive.org/details/TheOtherAngels.
I originally wrote about my Vietnam experience in a novel, Forever Sad The Hearts, which Paramount Pictures optioned for Cher the year she won Best Actress for Moonstruck. Unfortunately, they couldn't get a good script, the project went into turnaround, and Paramount quitclaimed the rights back to me.
I rewrote my experience as a memoir, RIVER CITY a nurse’s year in Vietnam. I have also written CEMETERY PICNICS, a novel about coming home with PTSD. Both are available at amazon.com. You can read the first chapter of RIVER CITY below or the first several chapters of either book online at amazon.com using the Look Inside feature of the Kindle editions.
I have also adapted RIVER CITY for the screen. At patriciawalsh.com/RIVER_CITY_Patricia_L_Walsh.pdf you can download my script. As of 2023, no movie produced in the last 20 years has a quote in the American Film Institute 100 greatest movie lines. RIVER CITY would end that drought.
Peace, Patricia L. Walsh
David Emrich, Editor
Paul Conly, Original Music
War nurses are often referred to as angels by their military patients. The Other Angels profiles the courageous American civilian nurses who volunteered in 1967 for duty in primitive, understaffed and poorly supplied Vietnamese hospitals caring for wounded civilians caught in the crossfire of war.
Filmmaker Patricia Walsh brings a unique credibility to The Other Angels.
She is the first war nurse to produce, write, and direct a film about women in
war. It is also a story of love and loss, and a graphic example of how
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) followed so many home from
The film oscillates between two events: the reunion of these
The Other Angels,
five former civilian nurses in Danang, at the
dedication of the Vietnam Women's Memorial in
Patricia Walsh as a 24-year-old nurse in Danang with a Vietnamese nursing student and a patient.
Patients at Danang Surgical Hospital.
Praise for The Other Angels from:
[American Women in Radio and Television]
[American Library Association Booklist]
Harvard Educational Review, Volume 67, Number1, 1997, 152-154.
The Other Angels, a film written, produced, and directed by Patricia
L. Walsh, a civilian nurse who volunteered in
Walsh's film oscillates between two events: her reunion with other civilian
nurses in 1993 at the dedication of the Vietnam War Nurses Memorial in
American Women in Radio and Television
February 10, 1997
On behalf of the Board of Directors and Foundation Trustees of American Women in Radio and Television, it is our pleasure to congratulate you on your entry, The Other Angels, as winner in the Twenty-second Annual Gracie Allen Awards ... Your entry displays superior production quality and effectively portrays the changing roles and concerns of women.
April 24, 1997
The Other Angles named Grand Award Winner by American Women in Radio and Television during the Gracie Awards ceremony at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York.
American Library Association, BOOKLIST December 15, 1996, 738.
The Other Angels Ages 16-adult. The 1993 Veterans Day unveiling of
the Women's Vietnam War Memorial in
BOOKLIST January 1 & 15, 1997 (Booklist Editors' Choice '96 issue) 771.
The Other Angels named Editors' Choice for 1996.
The Video Librarian, Volume 11, No. 6, November-December 1996, 39.
... Walsh's film interweaves archival footage from the period and interview clips to effectively provide a sense of place and time for the stories the women share. An often powerful film which captures both the horror and the grace of humanity in unspeakable conditions, The Other Angels is highly recommended. Aud: C, P. (R. Pitman)
"A moving reminder of the importance of war."
Mary Pipher, best selling author of Reviving Ophelia and The Shetler of Each Other
"I loved it. I learned a lot. I was deeply moved by the stories."
"Deeply compelling and heartfelt."
Peter Davis, Director, Academy Award winning Hearts and Minds
"Patricia Walsh's film is one every student of
Dr. Tom Williams, founding President, International Association of Trauma Counseling
"This film opens the door to let people see PTSD."
W. R. Hochman, Professor of
History, Dean of Summer Session,
"The Other Angels is a rare film. It and Pat Walsh's discussion afterwards had a powerful impact on students at the age of making their own decisions about great moral issues."
Patricia L. Walsh has been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and Charlie Rose, and spoken at many universities. She is available for speaking engagements.
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