Women Veterans

Here’s more information about this event next week:

Women Veterans: Citizen-Soldiers in Changing Times

Thursday, March 5, 6:30 – 8:30 PM
*This BHS event is being held around the corner from BHS at the Rotunda Gallery, 33 Clinton Street*

Women veterans who served in Vietnam, Iraq, and Afghanistan
discuss their military experiences and the expanding role of women in U.S. Armed Forces.

Presented in conjunction with the Brooklyn Historical Society exhibit
In Our Own Words: Portraits of Brooklyn’s Vietnam Veterans


Joan Furey, author with Lynda Van Devanter of Visions of War, Dreams of Peace, and a narrator in the exhibition In Our Own Words.  Ms. Furey joined the Army Nurse Corps as a Second Lieutenant in June 1968 and volunteered for duty in Vietnam.  She served as a staff nurse in the Post-OP/ICU at the 71st Evacuation Hospital in Pleiku from January 1969 – January 1970.  Ms. Furey worked at the Department of Veteran’s Affairs for 30 years.

Captain Esther S. Marcella, Commander of the Long Island Recruiting Company, U.S. Army and Army Reserves.  Captain Marcella first entered active duty in May 2002 and served in a variety of assignments as a Chemical Officer and Intelligence Officer in the U.S., Kuwait, and Iraq.

Susan O’Neill, author of Don’t Mean Nothing: Short Stories of Vietnam.  Ms. O’Neill signed up for the Army Nurse Corps in 1967 and she served in Vietnam as an operating room nurse from 1969 – 1970.

Moderated by:

Meg McLagan and Daria Sommers, filmmakers behind the documentary Lioness (aired on PBS).
Lioness tells the story of a group of female Army support soldiers who were part of the first program in American history to send women into direct ground combat. Without the same training as their male counterparts but with a commitment to serve as needed, these young women fought in some of the bloodiest counterinsurgency battles of the Iraq war and returned home as part of this country’s first generation of female combat veterans. Lioness makes public, for the first time, their hidden history.

Sady Sullivan

About Sady Sullivan

Sady Sullivan is Director of Oral History at the Brooklyn Historical Society.
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