Guest wrote:So for my American History class we are supposed to interview someone that fought/ remembers the Vietnam War.
1. What did you do during the war?
2. Where did you live?
3. What memories of specific events do you have of the war?
4. What memories of you own thoughts about the war? Did your attitude toward the war change over there. Were your own thoughts or opinions different from those of family or fiends? How?
5. Did you know anyone in the war? Did that person influence there views of the war?
6. Looking back, how do you feel about it.
7. Do you see any similarities to the Afghanistan war?
1. I went to Vietnam as an 11B20 infantryman. Eventually I became an 11F40 Infantry and Operations Specialist. I worked in the DTOC (Division Tactical Operations Center) in rotary wing (helicopter) aircraft control for the 1st ID (First Infantry Division). We directed all helicopters (except medivac & command and control) within the division AO (area of operation). I served in Vietnam in 1968 and 1969.
2. In bunkers and hooches when we were not regularly under attack. Simply put, if it was likely we would be attacked, we slept underground as much as possible. If not, we slept above ground. The rest of the time we were almost always on duty.
3. Many but essentially hating the army but attaining a high degree of job satisfaction by getting helicopters (especially gunships) where they were needed in life critical situations.
4. The Vietnam War generally appeared necessary to retard the violent global exansion of Communism. Opponents seemed somewhat foolish because they had no answer to the question of how to deal with an violent aggressor that wouldn't stop. Once there, the military tactics seemed somewhat foolish as they consisted largely of finding and killing the enemy and then abandoning the territory only to revisit it later and repeat the process. With the exception of one aunt who didn't press me on it, my family was generally supportive of my military service. However, the younger segment of the public was generally not.
5. Yes. Everyone I served with and all my civilian roommates after graduating from college and a handful of fraternity brothers.
6. It was a very miserable experience which caused me to strive to never again to be under the absolute control of others. I succeeded.
7. Yes. Our success in Afganistan depends upon the locals rejecting and holding off the enemy. That was also the case in Vietnam.