Ann Kelsey

Ann Kelsey had just received her Masters in Library Science from UCLA when she was recruited by Army Special Services to run libraries in Vietnam. Kelsey grew up in a military town in California, so attending UCLA during protests against the war intensified her empathy for soldiers in war. Kelsey was eager to go to Vietnam and provide the soldiers with books, records, movies, and any distractions that could help the soldiers escape their terrible fate. Kelsey was heavily involved in the creation of the Women’s Vietnam Memorial Fund, reuniting Army Special Services women, and creating a community of women Vietnam veterans. She recalls her various experiences during the war, and how her life after is still heavily influenced by the Vietnam War. 

Ann Kelsey, Whippany, New Jersey, 2022
Ann Kelsey, Whippany, New Jersey, 2022

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Kelsey's ticket to Vietnam
Kelsey's ticket to Vietnam

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Ann Kelsey, Whippany, New Jersey, 2022
Ann Kelsey, Whippany, New Jersey, 2022

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Ann Kelsey, Whippany, New Jersey, 2022
Ann Kelsey, Whippany, New Jersey, 2022

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