For additional information: Dr. Circe Olson Woessner, MAMF Executive Director, 505-504-6830.
“We can make them smile, but we can’t keep them alive,” was a mantra for some 600 young women who went to Vietnam in the late 1960s as the famous “Doughnut Dollies” sent by the Red Cross as a morale booster for U.S. soldiers in combat. The Dollies’ story will be told on November 14 at Explora in a film and discussion program sponsored by the Museum of the American Military Family (MAMF) in collaboration with the Red Cross and the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.
The film, “A Touch of Home – the Vietnam War’s Red Cross Girls” – will be shown continuously between 11:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. A Red Cross historian and staff members of MAMF will be on hand to lead discussions about the work of these women placed in a war zone “armed only with a smile.” A former Doughnut Dolly will tell what it was like to leave home right out of school and go off to a dangerous war and witness the devastation and horror of combat. Hostesses in vintage Doughnut Dolly dresses and the pinup girls from Heels for Combat Boots will interact with visitors throughout the day. A Huey Helicopter, of the kind flown in Vietnam, will be on display in the Explora parking lot.
Visitors will be invited to write on a “Memory Board” about their own military experiences; or what would provide them a “touch of home” while away. The Explora team will offer their normal full range of exciting programs.
. The program begins at 11:00 a.m. with an all-female Color Guard from the Bataan Military Academy.
Veterans and active duty military personnel will be admitted free on that day. Explora is at 1701 Mountain Road NW, Old Town. Tel: 505-224-0606. www.explora.us.