Vietnam Voices – On the deck of a carrier

Episode Summary

Robert Jones was an electronics technician for the U.S. Navy aboard the USS Intrepid during the Navy’s Rolling Thunder campaign in 1968. He volunteered for flight deck duty because “that’s where the action was.”

 

Episode Notes

Robert Jones was a petty officer, first class, serving in an air attack squadron aboard the USS Intrepid in the Gulf of Tonkin.   He was an aviation electronics technician, dealing with navigational communications, anti-missile systems, and other electronic firepower.  When he went to Vietnam in September 1968, he was part of the USN’s Rolling Thunder campaign, in which Hai Phong Harbor and the Ho Chi Minh trail were heavily bombed.  

This podcast is drawn from an interview conducted in January 2020 at the Blount County Public Library.  It is published in “Vietnam Voices, Vol. 2.” 

Vietnam Voices is a project of the Blount County Public Library in Maryville, TN, and supported by the Blount County Friends of the Library. Two volumes of interviews with Vietnam veterans have been published and are available on Amazon at these links:

Vietnam Voices: Stories of East Tennesseans Who Served in Vietnam, 1965-1975 (volume 1)

Vietnam Voices: Stories of Tennesseans Who Served in Vietnam, 1965-1975 (volume 2)

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