Today I revisited the Women in Military Service for America Memorial to investigate the contents of the bookshelves in the gift shop. In addition to M. L. Doyle’s biography of General Julia Cleckley, which is already on the P&F bibliography page, I found thirty-seven volumes of memoir and history written by women veterans. Most were written by veterans of World War II, and many were self-published. Many of the ones in the gift shop inventory are signed by the authors.
The cashier was very pleasant and patient with my two-hour inventory of her bookshelves, though I suspect that I worried her. Especially when I plopped down on the floor to investigate the lower shelves, and made myself comfortable!
I got the gift shop manager’s name and phone number from the cashier. Maybe I can convince her to offer a few contemporary (OEF/OIF) books; the selection on the shelves at the store doesn’t include any commercially-published women veterans’ books from OEF/OIF. It may be a budget issue. Stay tuned!
Below is the list – I’ll be integrating it into the bibliography page of the site, but wanted to highlight the books in a blog post first. All but two or three are available through Amazon. As always, though, I encourage you to request orders through your local independent bookseller.
Velazquez, Loreta Janeta. The Woman in Battle: The Civil War Narrative of Loreta Velazquez, Cuban Woman and Confederate Soldier. (Jacket notes suggest that this may be fictionalized autobiography…or not.) University of Wisconsin Press, 2003.
World War II
Bessey, Carol Hossner. Battle of the WAC. CHB Publishing, 1999. (Memoir.)
Burrell, Prudence (Hathaway) Burns. Hathaway. Harlo, 1997. (Memoir, African-American nurse who was not allowed to treat white patients because of her race.)
Camp, LaVonne Telshaw. Lingering Fever: A World War II Nurse’s Memoir. McFarland, 2012.
Ferris, Inga Fredriksen. A Few Good Women: Memoirs of a World War II Marine. Trafford Publishing, 2006.
García Rosado, Carmen. Las WACS: Participación de la Mujer Boricua en la Segunda Guerra Mundial. Appears to have been published in Puerto Rico in 2007. (Nonfiction, in Spanish. I didn’t have time to parse through the Spanish carefully, but I think it’s a scholarly work about the two hundred Puerto Rican women recruited into the Women’s Army Corps in World War II, rather than a memoir. The author was one of those women.)
Gott, Kay. Hazel Ah Ying Lee, Women AirForce Service Pilot, World War II: A Portrait. Kay Gott, 1996. (Biography; WASPs.)
Hall, Nona Jane. Our Home on the Hill, 1943-1946. Chugiak, Alaska: Northbooks, 2006. (Memoir, USMC.)
Haydu, Bernice “Bee” Falk. Letters Home, 1944-1945. Unknown publisher, 2008. (Memoir; WASPs.)
Henderson, Aileen Kilgore. Stateside Soldier: Life in the Women’s Army Corps 1944-1945. University of South Carolina Press, 2001. (Memoir in diary and letters)
Herron, Berneice A. Dearest Folks: Sister Leatherneck’s Letter Excerpts and WWII Experiences. iUniverse, 2006. (Memoir, USMC)
Hodgson, Marion Stegeman. Winning My Wings: A Woman Airforce Service Pilot in World War II. Bright Sky Press, 2005. (Memoir, WASPs.)
Holm, Major General Jeanne M. (USAF, Ret.) In Defense of a Nation: Servicewomen in World War II. Vandamere Press, 1998. (History.)
Jopling, Lucy Wilson. Warrior in White. Watercress Press, 1990. (Memoir, Army nurse.)
Kelly, Emma Chenault. Emmaline Goes to War: A Historic and Entertaining Account of One of the Most Trying Times in U.S. History…from a WAC’s Viewpoint. BLT & J Publications, 1992. (I’m not sure if that subtitle is part of the book’s official title, but I liked it so much that I included it anyway.)
Larson, Effie Ruth. I Served Uncle Sam in World War II. Vantage Press, 1996. (Memoir; WAC.)
Lockwood, Allison McCrillis. Touched with Fire: An American Community in World War II. Daily Hampshire Gazette, 1993. (History of World War II in the town of Northampton, Massachusetts, written by a former Army public affairs officer.)
Loving, Gerry A. Girl in a Pink Skirt. 1st Book Library, 2003. (Memoir; WAC.)
Pullman, Sally Hitchcock. Letters Home: Memoirs of One Army Nurse in the Southwest Pacific in World War II. AuthorHouse, 2004.
Putney, Martha S. When the Nation Was in Need: Blacks in the Women’s Army Corps During World War II. Scarecrow Press, 1992. (Scholarly; written by a professor of history who had served in the WAAC/WAC.)
Reed, Hazel Andrews. My Twentieth Century: The Autobiography That Inspires Others to Keep Moving! Rainbows End Co., 2007. (Memoir, WAAC, lots of great photos.)
Robinson, Harriet Green. The Gaylord WACs. Laurel Press, 2001. (Memoir.)
Sforza, Eula Awbrey. A Nurse Remembers. Eula Awbrey Sforza, 1991. (Memoir)
Thursten, Doris “Joy.” A WAC Looks Back: Recollections and Poems of WWII. Norvega Press, 1996. (What’s not to love about a title like that? Memoir – with poems!)
Webb, Pauline Denman. Letters from Tinian 1945. Xlibris, 2009. (Memoir)
Wehry, Maxine Cardinal. A Kindred Spirit. CreateSpace, 2012. (Memoir, USMCWR)
Ruggieri, Mary A. (Kiddie). From Japan With Love: A Remarkable Memoir of Post-War Japan, Told in Letters and Photographs. Portsmouth Publishing, 2007.
Omori, Frances. Quiet Heroes: Navy Nurses of the Korean War 1950-1953 Far East Command. Smith House Press, 2001.
Earls, Linda S. Vietnam I’m Going! Letters from a Young WAC in Vietnam to her Mother. XLibris, 2012. (Memoir through letters.)
Anderson, Ruth M. and J. M. (Andy) Anderson. Barbed Wire for Sale: The Hungarian Transition to Democracy, 1988-1991. Poetic License, 1999. (Memoir; USAF, Attaché Program, Hungary.)
Cummings, Mary Lou. Hornet’s Nest: The Experience of One of the Navy’s First Female Fighter Pilots. iUniverse Inc., 2000. (Memoir: 1988-1998.)
Dickerson, Debra J. An American Story. Anchor, 2001. (Memoir, USAF, African-American woman, sexual trauma.)
Diekman, Diane J. Navy Greenshirt: A Leader Made, Not Born. Alturia Publishing, 2001. (Memoir; 1970s.)
Disher, Sharon Hanley. First Class: Women Join the Ranks at the Naval Academy. Annapolis, MD: Bluejacket Books, 2013. (History; USNA integration.)
McAleer, Donna. Porcelain on Steel: Women of West Point’s Long Gray Line. Fortis Publishing, 2010. (History; USMA integration.)
Desert Shield/Desert Storm
Figueroa, Denise. The Most Qualified: A Nurse Reservist’s Experience in the Persian Gulf War. Vantage Press, 2002. (Memoir.)
Kassner, Elizabeth. Desert Storm Journal: A Nurse’s Story. Cottage Press, 1993. (Memoir.)