The American Red Cross Northeast Missouri Chapter participated in the Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans event at the M.W. Boudreaux Memorial Visitor Center at Mark Twain Lake on March 30. The date marked 40 years since US forces withdrew from Vietnam.
At the event, Red Cross staff revealed a display board with American Red Cross photos. It depicts the organization’s involvement during World War II and the Vietnam War. Also on display were several old Red Cross uniforms, including those of “donut dollies”. Several people involved with the event dressed up in the uniforms and took pictures with visitors. “Donut dollies” was an affectionate name given to the women who served overseas and made donuts for the U.S. armed forces during Vietnam, WWII and Korea. However, “donut dollies” did so much more for the troops than just serve donuts – they often brought the servicemen “a touch of home.”
The display remains in place at the visitor’s center.