Women at War in Vietnam

Jan 31, 2019

Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019
6 p.m.
LBJ Presidential Library, 10th-floor Atrium
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You are invited for a special conversation with Dr. Heather Marie Stur, author of Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era, who will be speaking in conversation with LBJ Presidential Library Director Dr. Kyle Longley.

Dr. Stur will look at the more than 66,000 women who served in Vietnam in either military or civilian capacities. The largest group were nurses, but others included Women’s Air Corps members who served as clerks and air traffic controllers. Others held various capacities such as “donut dollies” in the Red Cross as well as other aid workers and journalists. Dr. Stur will focus on their contributions as well as the many challenges they faced in the war zone at the time to provide a well-developed understanding of the experience of women during the Vietnam War.

How to Attend
The program will take place on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019 at 6 p.m. in the library's 10th-floor atrium. The program is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the conversation. Please register online to attend.

About the Author

Heather Marie Stur

Heather Marie Stur, Ph.D., is an associate professor of history at the University of Southern Mississippi and a fellow in USM’s Dale Center for the Study of War & Society. Her first book, Beyond Combat: Women and Gender in the Vietnam War Era, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2011. She is currently writing two books: Saigon at War: The Third Force and the Global Sixties in South Vietnam, forthcoming from Cambridge University Press, and Reflecting America: U.S. Military Expansion and Global Interventions, forthcoming from Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

In 2013-14, Dr. Stur was a Fulbright scholar in Vietnam, where she was a visiting professor in the Faculty of International Relations at the University of Social Sciences and Humanities in Ho Chi Minh City. She is also the recipient of numerous other awards and fellowships from groups and institutions such as the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations, the Foreign Language Area Studies (FLAS) program, the Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, the Gerald R. Ford Foundation, the University of Southern Mississippi, and the University of Wisconsin.

Location & Parking
The LBJ Library is on the campus of The University of Texas at Austin and located at 2313 Red River St. Free parking is available in the library visitor lot (#38). The lot entrance is directly off Red River Street and flanked by LBJ banners.


The LBJ Presidential Library is one of 14 presidential libraries administered by the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA). This program is presented in part by the National Archives’ Remembering Vietnam initiative.

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Sarah McCracken
Director of Public Programs
LBJ Presidential Library
2313 Red River St.
Austin, TX 78705
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Deborah Arronge
Membership Manager

LBJ Presidential Library
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(512) 721-0198


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