Margaret Fay Hopcraft (neé Ahern) as a captain nursing sister 8th Field Ambulance later 1st Australian Field Hospital, South Vietnam 1967-1968, interviewed by Lynn Hemmings

Place Asia: Vietnam, Phuoc Tuy Province
Accession Number S01579
Collection type Sound
Measurement 1 hr 19 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 Hopcraft, Margaret Fay
Hemmings, Lynn
Place made Australia: Queensland, Redcliffe
Date made 19 December 1991
Access Open
Conflict Vietnam, 1962-1975
Copyright

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Copying Provisions Copy provided for personal non-commercial use
Source credit to AWM Research Grants Scheme
Description

Joining army; first group of nurses sent to Vietnam; selection procedures; first impressions of hospital in Vietnam; attitude of male army medics to nurses; changes the nurses brought to the hospital; off duty activities; relationship with doctors; US nurses; hours worked; relationships with Australian and US servicemen; camp conditions; going home; memories, reunions; physical effects of service in Vietnam. US nurses; physical effects of service in Vietnam; cancer, agent orange; returning home; alcohol consumption; anti-war movement; personal attitude to Australia's involvement in Vietnam; Anzac Day reunions; nursing career after leaving army.