Vietnam Voices – Building roads in Vietnam

Episode Summary

As a member of the Army’s Corps of Engineers, Richard Chandler built roads while in Vietnam in 1971 and 1972. Some of those roads were the basis for today’s interstate system in Vietnam.

 

Episode Notes

Richard Chandler was a captain in the Army Corp of Engineers, serving in Vietnam from October 1971 to October 1972, during which he was a dump truck company commander, responsible for hauling rock, gravel, and asphalt for road building.

He was a company commander, responsible for building roads in Vietnam, roads that he and the interviewer characterized as the beginning of that country’s interstate system.   Prior to the paved roads, much of the system was dirt roads.  

This interview was conducted January 2020 by William Minser. 

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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