A small town girl from Illinois decided to join the Army in order to help others and see the world. Arriving at the 91st Evacuation Hospital in Chu Lai on November 1, 1969, Lou cared for GIs, South Vietnamese soldiers and civilians, even Viet Cong and NVA soldiers. From malaria and hepatitis to double amputees, massive head traumas, and deadly bullet wounds, Lt. Graul saw it all during her year in Vietnam.
Thanks to her journal and photographs, you can follow her journey. She takes you through the sights and sounds of combat nursing, water-skiing on the South China Sea, a weekend jeep trip with flak jackets and helmets, and surviving early-morning rocket attacks. When an old boyfriend appears in Vietnam, life becomes even more interesting!
She also reports on the four return trips to Vietnam, the latest in September 2014 when she joined eleven other vets making their first return trip to the country.