Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Unit of Service: 71st Evacuation Hospital
  • Location of Service: San Francisco, California; Fort Meade, Maryland; Pleiku, Vietnam
  • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant

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"I don't think anything in civilian life can prepare you for combat casualties." (Video Interview, 14:19)

A year out of nursing school, Joan Furey was working an Intensive Care Unit in a hospital in the Central Highlands of Vietnam. Her year there was an accelerated course in applied nursing techniques. Both the intensity of her daily shifts and the democratic nature of her unit, where nurses were given decision-making latitude by the doctors in the interests of serving the patients, spoiled her for civilian nursing in more relaxed and structured surroundings. She came to discover a delayed reaction to the stress of her wartime experiences and gained a better understanding of postwar trauma suffered by the soldiers she had treated.

About this Item

Title

  • Joan Furey Collection

Names

  • Winchester, Brad
  • Department of Veterans Affairs, Public & Intergovernmental Affairs
  • McDowell, Ivonne
  • Furey, Joan

State of Birth

  • NY

Home State

  • VA

Headings

  • -  Furey, Joan
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Female

Status

  • Veteran

Service History

  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Unit of Service: 71st Evacuation Hospital
    • Location of Service: San Francisco, California; Fort Meade, Maryland; Pleiku, Vietnam
    • Highest Rank: First Lieutenant
    • Dates of Service: 1968-1970
    • Military Status: Veteran

Materials

  • Video: VHS [2 items] -- Reference copy (collected 2004)
  • Video: DVCAM [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2003)
  • Computer File: CD [1 item] -- Multiple types of electronic files (collected 2014)
  • Manuscript: Other Manuscript Material [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2014)
  • Manuscript: Creative works [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 1970)
  • Photograph: Photocopy of photographic print [1 item] -- Portrait (collected unknown)
  • Manuscript: Memoirs [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2013)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/19249

Cite as

  • Joan Furey Collection (AFC/2001/001/19249), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • image
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

Veterans and interviewers contribute these materials to the Library for scholarly and educational purposes, retaining any copyright they may hold. Therefore, permission must be obtained before using the interview or other materials in exhibition or publication. Researchers or others who would like to make further use of these materials should contact the Veterans History Project for assistance.

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Citing VHP Materials

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/xxxx), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

Winchester, Brad, Public & Intergovernmental Affairs Department Of Veterans Affairs, Ivonne McDowell, and Joan Furey. Joan Furey Collection. 1968. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.19249/.

APA citation style:

Winchester, B., Department Of Veterans Affairs, P. &. I. A., McDowell, I. & Furey, J. (1968) Joan Furey Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.19249/.

MLA citation style:

Winchester, Brad, et al. Joan Furey Collection. 1968. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.19249/>.