Vietnam: In Their Own Words
Story Telling at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial
Saturday, November 11, 2017 Veteran’s Day
Emcee – Diane Carlson Evans – Founder and President of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial; Chair of the Eastern National Advisory Group for the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation
List of Presenters  
9:00 a.m.

Julie L. Decker PhD
Assistant Teaching Professor of Nursing, Penn State - As a current member of the undergraduate faculty, she has developed classes for students focusing on the specific healthcare requirements and issues of the Veteran population. She has also developed a course focused on the history of nursing in which the role of military nurses is highlighted from their service in the American Revolution to the current theaters of operations. She has talked at length on the service of nurses in the Vietnam War.

9:30 a.m.

Dixie Ferguson
Served with the American Red Cross in Vietnam 1966 – 1967 assigned to the 1st Calvary Division (An Khe) and Bien Hoa as support in III Corps. The Red Cross Supplemental Recreation Program Overseas (SRAO) was a one-year tour in country as morale boosters for American troops. Women college graduates ran recreation centers, visited hospitals, and traveled to front-line landing zones and base camps to bring games and smiles to soldiers. Dixie continues to volunteer for the American Red Cross.

10:00 a.m.

Louis Kern
US Marine Corp, 1966-1968. Combat veteran with 3rd Force Recon Co, Vietnam 1968. Ran twenty deep-recon missions into enemy territory in four man patrols as radio operator and team leader. Participated in radio relay at the Siege of Khe Sanh. Decorated for “valor and leadership under fire.”

10:30 a.m.

John Toensing
U.S. Army 1965 – 1973. Served in Vietnam 1967- 1968 68th Assault Helicopter Company -Bien Hoa, RVN. Was later assigned to HQTS, 2nd BDE, 2nd Armored Division in Ft. Hood, Texas, and flight instructor school in Ft. Rucker. In Dec 1969 joined the 385th Engineers (Reserves) in Minnesota and continued flying Hueys and Jet Rangers until July 1973.

11:00 a.m.

Edie McCoy Meeks
Army Nurse Corps, Vietnam 1968-69. 3rd Field Hospital Saigon, 71st Evacuation Hospital, Pleiku. Former member Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation Board of Directors.

Diane Carlson Evans
Army Nurse Corps, Vietnam 1968-69. 36th Evacuation Hospital, Vung Tau, and 71st Evacuation Hospital, Pleiku. Founder, Vietnam Women’s Memorial; Chair of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial/Eastern National Advisory Group.

11:30 a.m.

Kelly Fox
Supervisory Park Ranger, National Park Service, National Mall and Memorial Parks. Kelly has served the NPS for over 8 years and was in the U.S. Peace Corp volunteer in Ukraine. Visiting family in Lafayette, Indiana she heard of her grandmother's cousin Captain Mary Therese Klinker, USAF and her heroism.

1:00 p.m.

Ceremony at The Wall

Story Telling at the Vietnam Women’s Memorial is an educational program presented by Eastern National and the National Park Service. On this Veteran’s Day remembrance, we combine the stories of those who served during the Vietnam era and those who have served in more recent conflicts. We have speakers focusing on the issues that affect veterans. The lessons learned in the past of bravery and the desire for peace, courage, and healing are reflected in the remarks of these individuals. We gratefully acknowledge the assistance with sound provided by Ohm Productions.

In 2015 the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Foundation joined Eastern National. We are dedicated to honoring women who served during the Vietnam era. For additional information on the Memorial or its products and projects including other educational programs you are invited to visit the Vietnam Women’s Memorial Web site at Donations to the Vietnam Women’s Memorial which support these and other programs are always appreciated. To donate to the Vietnam Women’s Memorial, please write to Vietnam Women’s Memorial Fund, c/o Eastern National, 470 Maryland Drive, Suite 1, Fort Washington, PA 19034, or email: If you would like to participate in the Story Telling program for Memorial Day 2018, please contact Stacy Madalena, Assistant Director of Retail for Eastern National at (703)837-0746 or via email at You may also contact the Memorial’s Advisory Board Chair Diane Carlson Evans via e-mail at

Veteran’s Day 2018 will be the 25th anniversary of the dedication of the Vietnam Women’s Memorial. Please plan on joining us for a very special weekend celebration on November 10th and 11th 2018. Visit our website for more information.

If you or someone you care for finds that they need help coping with the aftermath of Vietnam, you are invited to call the Veterans’ Administration at 1-800-273-8255. They will assist you, including connecting you to the counseling services offered by Vet Centers located throughout the United States.