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South Vietnam's 'Daredevil Girls'

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THOUSANDS OF WOMEN PARTICIPATED IN THE VIETNAM WAR ALONGSIDE AMERICAN FORCES. WHY WERE THEY FORGOTTEN?

It had been more than a week since Dang Nguyet Anh learned of a Vietcong attack in Phuoc Long Province, northeast of Saigon along the Cambodian border, where her husband was stationed. She had yet to hear from him, and the waiting soon became more than she should bear.

So she took a bus from her home in Saigon to the town of Dong Xoai, where she got a lift on an army vehicle heading to the training center where her husband was. On the way, Vietcong troops attacked the vehicle, and she was shot in both arms and suffered a broken foot.

From her hospital bed back in Saigon, Anh wrote a letter to

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