Thursday, March 29, 2012

Donut Dollies

From an article in the Huffington Post by Doug Bradley:

Donut Dollies were single, female college graduates who were used primarily as morale boosters for U.S. combat troops in Vietnam. Many of these young women were as motivated by JFK's call to duty and service as we guys were. But their training manuals instructed them to present themselves as reminders of girlfriends, wives and sisters waiting back home. As one SRAO member told my friend Heather Stur, author of Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era, the donut dollies were to be "nonsexual symbols of purity and goodness." Good luck with that in a combat zone!

1 comment:

James Macfetrich said...

I served in Viet Nam in 1971 to 1972 and I remember the Donut Dollies that came out to the firebases and at the USO in the rear areas of the conflict and may God bless each and every young lady who gave of their time and a portion of their life to bring a bit of home to all of us that served in that war, you may never get the recognition that you deserve but each and every GI will thank you for what you did... God Bless America.