An American girl’s Viet Nam war

The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will celebrate Veterans Day with a presentation by Rochester Hills resident Joann Puffer Kotcher, author of An American Red Cross Girl’s War in Viet Nam.

The event begins at 7 p.m. Friday, November 11. Kotcher puts you in Viet Nam; face down in the dirt under a sniper attack, inside a helicopter being struck by lightning, at dinner next to a commanding general and slogging through the mud along a line of foxholes. You see the war through the eyes of one of the first women officially allowed in the combat zone.

Kotcher was once abducted; she dodged an ambush in the delta and talked with a true war hero in a hospital who had charged a machine gun. She found answers to what war is really like, what a soldier will say to a girl while sitting in a bunker with shells flying overhead, what the young men she met thought about the war, and why a man would risk his life to save another. The answers will surprise you.

Details about the book and author can be found at Signed copies of the book will be available for sale at $25. Admission to the event is free and refreshments will be provided. Please RSVP at 248-656-4663.

The Rochester Hills Museum is located at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, off Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre.

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