Terrie Elizabeth Ross (neé Roche) as a lieutenant nursing sister 8th Field Ambulance later 1st Australian Field Hospital, South Vietnam in the period 1967-1971, interviewed by Lynn Hemmings

Accession Number S01540
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 13 min
Object type Oral history
Physical description 1/4 inch sound tape reel; AGFA PEM 369; 3 3/4 ips/9.5 cm.s; stereo; 5 inch
Maker Hemmings, Lynn
Date made 5 July 1991
Access Onsite use only
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975

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Source credit to AWM Research Grants Scheme

Joining army; first posting to Ingleburn then Singleton, NSW; description of hospital at Singleton; posted to 8 Field Ambulance in Vietnam; description of hospital facilities and staff responsibilities; having civilian clothes made in Vietnam for off duty wear; description of nurses' quarters; relations with other nurses; describes Vietnamese domestic who was employed to clean the nurses quarters; after six months 8 Field Ambulance was moved to Nui Dat and 1 Australian Hospital established at Vung Tau; all the nurses transferred to 1 Australian Hospital and stayed at Vung Tau; describes some of the medical orderlies; tells the story of Mot(?) a seven year old orphaned Vietnamese boy who was carrying ammunition for the Vietcong when captured by Australian troops and taken to the hospital for medical treatment; treatment of wounded Vietcong in the hospital. Memories of patients; description of treatments; friendship with footballer Johnny Raper's brother; relations with Vietnamese civilians; uniforms; returning to Australia; posted to Wagga Wagga then left the army to buy a nursing home in Crookwell, NSW; effects of service in Vietnam; sold the nursing home after ten years and moved to Canberra where she worked part time at Woden Valley Hospital; after effects of service in Vietnam; visit to hospital by US General (possibly Westmoreland).