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Your personally chosend excerpt from 5 star rated SOLO VIETNAM!
A French cajun aviatrix. An A-4 Skyhawk pilot. Vietnam.
Charlene listened as she put out the large shrimp she had boiled up and then chilled for shrimp cocktail. In true Charlene form, the table was set with china and tall parfait glasses for the shrimp. She filled each glass with the spicy, red cocktail sauce and arranged the large shrimp all the way around. Placing each glass over a large Romaine lettuce leaf on the plate. Hostess with the most-est, Charlene Hebert.
“One night, after getting off at the club, I met this navy pilot,” Nora told her of her encounter. “He had just finished his cruise in Vietnams and was on leave. His stories. What he had seen was horrific,” Nora said taking a big bite of her shrimp.
“I’ve taken care of some of those Vietnam vets at Touro,” Charlene relayed.
“Yeah. I had some trouble relating to some of their emotional tales. My instructors told me it was because they had anxiety disorder. It really messed some of them up bad.”
“What the heck is that?”
“Some post war thing. They just can’t cope. It’s bad.”
“It doesn’t help that people treat them like crap when they come home. I just don’t understand that.”
“Some of the nurses told me it was like no other war they’d ever heard about. Whatever’s going on over there sounds pretty wicked.”
Near the end of lunch, Nora told Charlene about her visit to the USO and the job they offered. Charlene was a bit taken aback.
“You aren’t considering going are you?” Again, Nora managed to shock her.
“I’m seriously thinking about it, Charlene. I can’t shake it. There is just something calling me. Some force.”
“I just can’t see how you could do it. Your kids are still at home. Well, at least three of them. How would they manage?”
“They are teens. Doing their own thing. Nellie is about to retire. She could move in and watch over them. It would only be for eighteen months,” Nora explained.
“That over a year! Oh, Nora. I dunno. It’s so far away. Texas was one thing. But Vietnam? Are you going to fly?”
“Heck no. They don’t allow women to fly into combat zones. In fact, it’s a big controversy at the moment. Jackie Cochran is causing all kinds of heck about it. Women were used in World War II all the time, as transporters and test pilots. But the service won’t have anything to do with them now. Which is really hacking off legions of women pilots.”
“Well, then. As what?”
“Don’t’ laugh, but I’d be managing a USO club. Basically I’ll be going as a den mother to a bunch of young USO girls. But at least I’d be going.”
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