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October 5, 2017, 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Joann Puffer Kotcher served in Viet Nam for 12 months during the conflict, after a 14 month tour with the Red Cross in Korea. She had three duty stations while in Korea and five in Viet Nam.
Kotcher, and other Donut Dollies, assigned to combat and combat support duty, often found themselves in fox holes nose to nose with the enemy. Kotcher also served Special Forces teams in the combat jungle. She was one of the first women allowed in a war zone. She was almost killed at least 6 times. The Daughters of the American Revolution have given Donut Dolly their Award for Women in American History.
Kotcher is one of the few who received the Medal for Civilian Service in Vietnam. She’s married to Distinguished Professor of Business/International Law/Marketing, Dave Kotcher. They have 2 grown children.
Her book, published by The University of North Texas Press, Donut Dolly, is based on a diary she kept while in Viet Nam. It was an 8-year effort of love and duty.