Back row: Colleen, Tuck, Mary, Jack, Gerald, Nancy, Kitty, Con.
Front row: Marcia, Bernadine (mother), Bonnie, Rosie, Betty, Peggy, Tim, Tom (father), Pat.
Patricia L. Walsh
Patricia L. Walsh grew up as the eighth of fifteen children in a poor farm
Medical supplies went primarily to the black market, forcing the handful of American and Canadian workers to beg from military hospitals and airbases in the area. The situation was still so desperate they had to peel skin from cadavers to use as burn dressings for napalm patients. There was no security, which resulted in numerous injuries, and they had to survive off the local economy. Most had hepatitis and other illnesses associated with contaminated food and water. Regardless, they handled more casualties than any other medical facility in-country.
Patricia fell in love with a Marine she planned to marry. He was killed at the beginning of the Tet Offensive and her back was badly injured. She continued to work in pain because of the heavy load of casualties and her unwillingness to leave her colleagues. She finally returned home after more than a year in Vietnam and managed to work for another five years before re-injuring her back, followed by multiple surgeries, a body cast, and several back braces.
In 1993 Patricia attended the dedication of the Vietnam Women's Memorial in
The 1-hour film won the audience award at film festivals, aired across the
country on PBS, was named "Editor's Choice" by the American Library
Association, and won a Gracie and the Grand Award from American Women in Radio
and Television. Anna Ramos of WNET
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