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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 […]

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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 […]

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Vietnam Voices – Peace Corps with a rifle

Episode Summary Most of the armed servicemen in Vietnam were in non-combat roles. One was Buddy Mitchell, who found himself in the “Peace Corps with a gun.”   Episode Notes Horace “Buddy” Mitchelll served in Vietnam June 1969 to June 1970  in the First Air Cavalry.    He was an artillery sergeant in the Fire […]

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Vietnam Voices – This is not a game

Episode Summary Marine Corporal Anthony Joyce describes being out on patrol with his unit soon after getting to Vietnam and realizing that people in the jungle are trying to hurt or kill him and his buddies. Episode Notes Corporal Anthony “Tony” Joyce was with the 1st Battalion 3rd Marines, 3rd Marine Division, 1964-1965. It was […]

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Vietnam Voices – Attack pilot

Episode Summary Bill Beaty, an attack pilot in the U.S. Navy, tells what it was like to fly bombing missions over North Vietnam in 1970. “I got shot at a lot,” he says. Episode Notes William Beaty retired from the U.S. Navy as a Naval Aviator, serving in-country from November 1970 to June 1971.  He […]

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Vietnam Voices podcast – Firefight with the NVA

Episode Summary Army Captain Russ Hanson describes a firefight with a unit of the North Vietnamese Army that occurred in Vietnam in 1969. Episode Notes Army Capt. Russ Hanson served with a field artillery unit, serving two tours in Vietnam. This interview was conducted January 22, 2020, at the Blount County Public Library by William […]

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Vietnam Voices – Incursion into Cambodia

This is the second episode in our podcast series, Vietnam Voices. Episode Summary Billy Minser talks about his Army unit’s incursion into Cambodia and their making contact with the North Vietnamese.   Episode Notes Billy Minser spent six months of his year-long tour in Vietnam as a forward observer for an Army combat unit. In […]

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Vietnam Voices podcast – A medic goes on patrol

This is the first episode of our new podcast series, Vietnam Voices: Air Force medic Aubrey Moncrief is assigned to a Green Beret unit in 1968 in Vietnam during the Tet offensive. He describes a patrol he was on when two helicopters were shot down and a pilot is wounded.  Aubrey Moncrief joined the Air […]

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