Women in Vietnam
Personal Stories From Women Who Served
Wednesday, November 6 at 6:00 p.m.
Empire State Plaza Albany Room inside Prime at the Plaza
This free event will feature three women who served in Vietnam describing their experiences and recounting the stories of their service. This educational discussion will be led by Beth DeAngelis, Director of the Sister Thea Bowman Center for Woman at Siena College. Together, the moderator and the panelists will explore what brought these women to the war, what they learned while serving and their thoughts on women's roles in war zones today. This event is presented in conjunction with the exhibition 1969 on view in the Vietnam Memorial Gallery of the Robert Abrams Justice Building for Law and Justice through January 2020. Visitors are encouraged to visit the exhibition before the event.
Free parking for the event will be available after 4:30 p.m. in the East Garage off Madison Avenue near the entrance to the Empire State Plaza. Paid parking is also available in the visitor lot beneath the Empire State Plaza.
Joan A. Furey
(RN, MA, United States Army Nurse Corp)
Joan A. Furey was awarded the Bronze Star for her work in Vietnam. Furey is the co-author of the book, “Visions of War, Dream of Peace.” She remains active in veterans’ activities through Sayville VFW Post 433.
(RN, United States Army Nurse Corp)
Susan O'Neill joined the Army while in nursing school and arrived in Vietnam in 1969. As a published author, she worked on the Oral Histories program at the Brooklyn Historical Society. Her book is titled “It Don’t Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam.” Having performed folk and protest songs with her guitar in coffee shops and cafes before she enlisted, O’Neill shares her experiences entertaining the troops while in Vietnam.
Judy Rothman served as a civilian volunteer with the American Red Cross in 1968 and 1969. After war duty, she became a program director and unit director at Chanute Air Force Base Hospital, Rantoul, Ill., and an assistant field director-recreation supervisor at Walter Reed Army Hospital, Washington, D.C. She continues her work as a Red Cross disaster volunteer.