Mary R. Powell
Mary Powell was beginning her final year of the Columbia University Nursing School when she ran out of money and needed to find a way to pay her tuition. After an Army recruiter told her that the Army was in need of nurses, would pay her tuition, and guaranteed Powell wouldn’t be sent to Vietnam, Powell registered as an Army nurse. However, in 1970, Powell received orders for the 24th Evac Hospital in Long Binh, Vietnam. Powell recounts her various duties as an internal medicine nurse, her PTSD surrounding the idea of nursing men back to health to be sent back to war, and her opinions of the war today. Powell published her first book, A World of Hurt, in 2003 that details her experiences further.