A Place on the Wall and in Our Hearts
American, Australian and New Zealand
Civilian and Military Women
Who Died in the Vietnam War (1959-1975) 

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Here is a list of the American women killed in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Here is a more printer friendly version if you want a list of names and panel numbers of women on the Wall to take with you on your visit to the Wall.  I am looking for photos and remembrances of those women who died in Vietnam to post here.


Military - U.S. Air Force

Capt. Mary Therese Klinker On the Wall at
01W 122

The Virtual Wall

 

Capt. Klinker, a flight nurse with the 10th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron temporarily assigned to Clark Air Base in the Philippines, was on the C-5A Galaxy which crashed on April 4 outside Saigon while evacuating Vietnamese orphans.  This is known as the Operation Babylift crash.  From Lafayette, IN, she was 27. She was posthumously awarded the Airman's Medal for Heroism and the Meritorious Service Medal.

Also remembered at:
Westchester NY Memorial


Military - U.S. Army
2nd Lt. Carol Ann Elizabeth Drazba On the Wall at
05E 046

 The Virtual Wall

Lt. Drazba and Lt. Jones were assigned to the 3rd Field Hospital in Saigon.  They died in a helicopter crash near Saigon, February 18, 1966. Drazba was from Dunmore, PA, Jones from Allendale, SC. Both were 22 years old.

Also remembered at:
Westchester NY Memorial

2nd Lt. Elizabeth Ann Jones On the Wall at
05E 047

 The Virtual Wall

Capt. Eleanor Grace Alexander On the Wall at
31E 008

The Virtual Wall

Capt. Alexander of Westwood, NJ, and Lt. Orlowski of Detroit, MI, died November 30, 1967. Alexander, stationed at the 85th Evac., and Orlowski, stationed at the 67th Evac. in Qui Nhon, had been sent to a hospital in Pleiku to help out during a push. With them when their plane crashed on the return trip to Qui Nhon were two other nurses, Jerome E. Olmstead of Clintonville, WI, and Kenneth R. Shoemaker, Jr. of Owensboro, KY. Alexander was 27, Orlowski 23.  Both were posthumously awarded Bronze Stars.  

Also remembered at:
Westchester NY Memorial

"Letter to Eleanor" by Rhona Marie Knox Prescott

1st Lt. Hedwig Diane Orlowski On the Wall at
31E 015

 The Virtual Wall

2nd Lt. Pamela Dorothy Donovan On the Wall at
53W 043

The Virtual Wall

 

Lt. Donovan, born in Wirral, Merseyside, UK of Irish parents, and raised in Brighton MA, became seriously ill and died on July 8, 1968 in Gia Dinh, South Vietnam.  She was assigned to the 85th Evac. in Qui Nhon and was 26 years old at her death.  Buried Mount Hope Cemetery, Walkhill Street, Boston (Grave #26, US Servicemen's Lot, Row 14 Laurel Ave.)  See also The Irish on the Wall.

Also remembered at:
Westchester NY Memorial

1st Lt. Sharon Ann Lane On the Wall at
23W 112

The Virtual Wall

Lt. Lane died from shrapnel wounds when the 312th Evac. at Chu Lai was hit by rockets on June 8, 1969. From Canton, OH, she was a month short of her 26th birthday. She was posthumously awarded the Vietnamese Gallantry Cross with Palm and the Bronze Star for Heroism.  In 1970, the recovery room at Fitzsimmons Army Hospital in Denver, where Lt. Lane had been assigned before going to Viet Nam, was dedicated in her honor.  In 1973, Aultman Hospital in Canton, OH, where Lane had attended nursing school, erected a bronze statue of Lane. The names of 110 local servicemen killed in Vietnam are on the base of the statue.  [More]

Also remembered at:
Westchester NY Memorial

The Sharon Ann Lane Foundation

Lt. Col.  Annie Ruth Graham On the Wall at 48W 012

The Virtual Wall

Chief Nurse at 91st Evac. Hospital, Tuy Hoa.  From Efland, NC, she suffered a stroke in August 14, 1968 and was evacuated to Japan where she died four days later. A veteran of both World War II and Korea, she was 52.  Buried at Arlington National Cemetery


Military - Royal Australian Army Nurse Corps

Temp. Capt.  Barbara Frances Black Served at Vung Tau, 1st Field Hosp. RAANC, Vietnam, and died of illness in Australia on March 11, 1971.  She is counted as a casualty of the war.

 


Civilian - American Red Cross

Hannah E. Crews Died in a jeep accident, Bien Hoa, October 2, 1969
Virginia E. "Ginny" Kirsch Murdered by a U.S. soldier in Cu Chi, August 16, 1970
Lucinda J. Richter Died of Guillain-Barre Syndrome, Cam Ranh Bay, February 9, 1971


Civilian - Army Special Services

Rosalyn Muskat Died in a jeep accident, Long Binh, October 26, 1968
Dorothy Phillips Died in a plane crash, Qui Nhon, 1967


Civilian - Catholic Relief Services

Gloria Redlin Shot in Pleiku, 1969


Civilian - Central Intelligence Agency

Barbara Robbins Died when a car bomb exploded outside the American Embassy, Saigon, March 30, 1965
Betty Gebhardt Died in Saigon, 1971


Civilian - Entertainer

Cathy Wayne (aka Warnes) Australian murdered by a soldier who shot at his commander, but she was in the way.


Civilian - Journalists

Georgette "Dickey" Chapelle Killed by a mine on patrol with Marines outside Chu Lai, November 4, 1965
Marguerite Higgins Died after picking up a parasite on her last visit to Vietnam, January 3, 1966
Philippa Schuyler Killed in a helicopter crash into the ocean near Da Nang, May 9, 1967


Civilian Volunteers - Knights of Malta

Maria L. Kerbeer Dental Assistant, age 20, died due to illness in a POW camp in late 1969. Her remains have never been recovered.
Hindrika Kortman Nurse, age 29

Both women were assigned to a Knights of Malta volunteer hospital called the "Maltaserhildienst Hospital" in the Danang area. On
April 27, 1969, they were lured to a village in Que Son district by a female communist agent also working at the hospital as a nurse under the pretext of taking pictures of the local scenery. 

On April 10, 1986, the communists repatriated what they said were the remains of an American Marine captured and held as a POW during the war.  An examination of the remains determined that they were actually the remains of Ms Kortman.


Civilian - Missionaries

Evelyn Anderson Captured and burned to death in Kengkok, Laos, 1972
Carolyn Griswald Killed in a raid on the leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot during Tet 1968
Beatrice Kosin Captured and burned to death in Kengkok, Laos, 1972
Janie A. Makil Shot in an ambush, Dalat, March 4, 1963. She was four months old
Betty Ann Olsen Captured during a raid on the leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot during Tet 1968. Died in 1968 and was buried somewhere along Ho Chi Minh Trail by fellow POW, Michael Benge.
Ruth Thompson Killed in a raid on the leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot, February 1, 1968
Eleanor Ardel Vietti Captured at leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot, May 30, 1962.  Still listed as POW.
Ruth Wilting Killed in a raid on the leprosarium in Ban Me Thuot, February 1, 1968


Civilian - United States Agency for International Development  (USAID)

Marilyn L. Allan Murdered by a U.S. soldier in Nha Trang, August 16, 1967
Dr. Breen Ratterman American Medical Association - died from injuries suffered in a fall from her apartment balcony in Saigon, October 2, 1969


Civilian - U.S. Department of the Navy OICC
(Officer in Charge of Construction)

Regina "Reggie" Williams Died of a heart attack in Saigon, 1964

Civilian - New Zealand Foreign Affairs Ministry (?)

Sister Lesley Cowper Died May 2, 1966 (68?) Member of the New Zealand Surgical Team based at Qui Nhon.  Buried in Auckland NZ.

 


Operation Babylift

The following women were killed in the crash, outside Saigon, of the C5-A Galaxy transporting Vietnamese children out of the country on April 4, 1975.   All of the women were working for various U.S. government agencies in Saigon at the time of their deaths with the exception of Theresa Drye (a child), Laurie Stark (a teacher) and Nova Bell (a student at the University of Maryland Far East Division in Saigon & the wife of an employee in the US Defense Attach� Office in Saigon.)  Capt. Mary Therese Klinker was killed in the crash, but is listed above.

Sharon Wesley had previously worked for both the American Red Cross and Army Special Services. She chose to stay on in Vietnam after the pullout of U.S. military forces in 1973. 
Barbara Adams
Clara Bayot
Nova Bell
Arleta Bertwell
Helen Blackburn
Ann Bottorff
Celeste Brown
Vivienne Clark
Juanita Creel
Mary Ann Crouch
Dorothy Curtiss
Twila Donelson
Helen Drye
Theresa Drye
Mary Lyn Eichen
Elizabeth Fugino
Ruthanne Gasper
Beverly Herbert
Penelope Hindman
Vera Hollibaugh
Dorothy Howard
Barbara Kauvulia
Barbara Maier
Lee Makk
(Australian)
Rebecca Martin
Sara Martini
Martha Middlebrook
Katherine Moore
Marta Moschkin
Margaret Moses (Australian)

Marion Polgrean
June Poulton
Joan Pray
Sayonna Randall
Anne Reynolds
Marjorie Snow
Laurie Stark
Barbara Stout
Doris Jean Watkins
Sharon Wesley

"They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn,
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them."

                                                                   ~Binyon

Important Sources

Vietnam Women's Memorial Project (Military)
Vietnam Women's Memorial Project
2001 S Street NW, Suite 302
Washington, D.C. 20009

Phone: 202-328-7253
A Circle of Sisters/A Circle of Friends (Civilian)
A Circle of Sisters/A Circle of Friends
1015 South Gaylord, Suite 190
Denver, CO 80209

Phone: 303-575-1311
Revised, September 2002.

This list is subject to correction and addition as further information becomes known.
You can e-mail questions and comments regarding this page to Ann Kelsey   

Thanks to Ann Kelsey and others for updating this information here and elsewhere online.

I don't like reducing these names to numbers, but here are the totals.
 67  Civilians
(Please note I include 4 Australians, 1 New Zealander and 2 Volunteers with the Knights of Malta) 
 
  8   Military Women totaling 
 75  women (and one baby girl) who should be remembered . . .

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button Shrapnel in the Heart ~ The most moving book you will read on Vietnam
button The Irish on the Wall ~ An effort to locate the Irish who died in Vietnam
button Project Hearts and Minds ~ Help put Viet Nam back together
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button Photos from a Holts' Military History Tour ~ My trip to Vietnam, February 1998


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