Veterans History Project: An Interview with Ann Kilty

Library of Congress Veterans History Project

Interview conducted by Jeanne Czarnecki and produced by Jennifer Cockerill. Recorded at the Aptos Branch, Santa Cruz Public Libraries, January 26, 2015.

Born in Michigan, Ann M. Kilty was trained at the Red Cross National Headquarters in Washington, D.C. to become a recreational worker in Vietnam, commonly known as "Donut Dolly." She landed in Saigon on her 21st birthday. From October 1970 to October 1971, Ms. Kilty served in Vietnam, rotating every three months in different military bases, with her first rotation at Bien Hoa, and later in Quihnon and Chu Lai. Her typical daily routine consisted of making Kool-Aid, playing pool, conversing with soldiers, and other activities designed to alleviate the stress on soldiers in a war zone. After her service in Vietnam, she rejoined the Red Cross, working in a burn unit at Fort Sam Houston, San Antonio, and attended nursing school. Her experience in Vietnam enhanced her sensitivity to all veterans. "Everybody's got a story and we have to allow them to say it with legitimacy and honor. We have to honor that experience," she said in the interview.
Creator: Kilty, Ann; Czarnecki, Jeanne; Cockerill, Jennifer
Date: 1/26/2015
  • Santa Cruz (County)
  • 2010s
  • 1970s
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Identifier: VH-KILTY


Kilty, Ann, Jeanne Czarnecki, and Jennifer Cockerill. “Veterans History Project: An Interview with Ann Kilty.” 1/26/2015. SCPL Local History. Accessed 23 May 2024.