Joan Furey

I just stumbled on two YouTube videos related to Joan Furey, whose story I tell in my book, Bringing It All Back Home.

The first is an ABC news segment, recorded in 1969. In it, Joan explains why she took part in a Thanksgiving Day fast — a protest against an on-going war by soldiers in the field. This was an extraordinary moment in U.S. history. It was widely seen as an emblem, a signal, of the growing disaffection of American troops in Vietnam. Joan had gone to Vietnam determined to do her part in the American war effort. However, as her tour of duty progressed, she became increasingly disillusioned with what she saw going on around her.

In the second clip, Joan speaks about the book she co-edited with nurse Linda Van Devanter, entitled Visions of War, Dreams of Peace (1991).