Growing up in a small Illinois town, Louise (Lou) Graul Eisenbrandt decided to join the Army in order to “see the world.” After graduating as a Registered Nurse in June 1968, she attended basic training, then headed to Ft. Dix New Jersey, her first duty assignment.
In September 1969, she received orders for Vietnam, arriving there on November 1. During her year at the 91st Evac Hospital, she cared for GIs, South Vietnamese soldiers and civilians, and even Viet Cong and NVA soldiers. From malaria and hepatitis to double amputees, massive head traumas, and deadly bullet wounds; Lt. Graul saw it all.
Since 1970, she has made four return trips to Vietnam, the latest in September 2014, when she joined 11 other vets making their first return trip to the country.
For the past 30 years, the author has been sharing her experiences with students and community groups. In addition, she is Chairman Emeritis of the board of Turning Point in Leawood, KS. Her other interests are travel, photography, golf, gardening, and finding a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.
Lou lives in Overland Park, Kansas with her husband, Jim. They have two grown children and two grandchildren.
2016 Military Writer's Society of America Silver Medal Award Winner!!!
Combining narrative and poetry, photos and documents, Lou Eisenbrandt's Vietnam Nurse tells the compelling story of how a Midwestern woman, born with a little wanderlust and a lot of courage, found herself serving as a nurse in Vietnam during some of the most dangerous and damaging stretches of the war in the late 1960s and early 1970s. During her service, Eisenbrandt encounters life-changing stories, most notably her own, as she writes in one of her poems, that spark "Songs of love and loss, of sweat drenched nights and blood smeared days." Since the war and through her many return journeys to Vietnam, Eisenbrandt shows us her deepening commitment to service, widening search for truth, and enduring creation of a life that matters.
—Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg 2009-13 Kansas Poet Laureate
Paperback | ISBN 978-1-941165-68-3 | 160 Pages
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / General
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Military
HISTORY / Military / Vietnam War
February 18 – Joint signing with son, Matt Eisenbrandt, author of “Assassination of a Saint” 1-3 pm; Country Club of Leawood. Leawood, KS
March 9 – Airmen’s dinner Honoree; Scott Air Force Base, IL
March 28 – "New Chapter" meeting
April 15 – Men's Club
May 3 – Book club, Topeka, KS
May 27 – Veterans recognition by VFW and KSUVC. Lenexa, Kansas
June 7 – Book Club
July 10 – PEO chapter
October 12 – Book club
November 10 – Veterans Day
January 9 – PEO Chapter
Presentation and book signing. Estes Park, Colorado.
Presentation and signing for Military Officers Association. Springfield, Missouri.
Book signing – Maui, Hawaii.
Book signing. Maui, Hawaii.
Presentation and signing for Eastern Kansas Health Care System. Leavenworth, Kansas.
Presentation and signing for EKHCS. Topeka, Kansas.
Lou will be the featured speaker at Rockhurst University Library Guild annual luncheon. Indian Hills Country Club. 11:00 am.
Book club talk.
Presentation to Atlanta Vietnam Veterans Business Association. Atlanta, Georgia.
Book club talk.
Presentation to “Kansas Sons of Union Vets of the Civil War” Bass Pro Shop. 7:00 pm.
Book club Leawood KS
Book signing Kansas City MO
DAR –Osawatomie, KS
Veteran’s DayTake a vet to dinner day!!!!
Open to the public, sponsored by “Veterans’ Voices” 2:00 WWI museum Kansas City, Missouri
Harmony Middle School KS - Vets dayFeatured speaker