Violet Hill Gordon definitely had a very unique perspective on war, especially because she was one of only forty African American women to join the army. She had a very positive view of the War too, which is probably rare considering the great deal of discrimination that was going on at that time. It surprised me how nonchalant she was about joining the service, and how she laughed during the interview at times that I wouldn’t imagine were actually that funny. She didn’t see much combat so I suppose that aspect didn’t affect her very much as we’ve seen in other veterans.
Rhona Marie Knox Prescott also had a distinctive perspective on war, being in the army nurse corps. Similarly to Gordon, she decided to sign up because a number of her friends signed up. This seems to be a reason a majority of people sign up, and we have seen it multiple times throughout the semester. Also, neither of them remembered any instructors from training, which the veteran I interviewed, Russell Hall, was listing off names like it was just yesterday that he was in Vietnam. Prescott also had an interesting perspective because she never was in combat, but treated the wounded soldiers who were. It must have been a life changing experience though because of all the casualties she saw and stress she had to cope with every day. The most difficult thing she talked about was how she essentially had to “play God” in deciding who they would treat first and whose injuries were the most life threatening. I also thought it was interesting how she talked about the letters she wrote home and how her family thought she was probably crazy because those things can’t really happen. It just further illustrates how people can’t really understand what is going on in war unless they too are over there fighting. Her un-welcoming homecoming was also typical I’m sure, as was her “furious” reaction to it. She also kept it all inside of her and didn’t show her emotions which seems to be common among veterans returning back.