Dustoff / Medevac Oral Histories

Oral Histories are a great way to observe an individual’s actual experiences and perceptions of the war. The interviews are conducted with people after the events have occurred, sometimes right after the event or many years later. Most of the oral histories below show a brief biography of the subject, interview length and a typed transcript. Click on the gramophone icon to listen to the interview on your computer or the PDF icon to read the transcript.

Dustoff/Medevac - General

  • Interview with Michael Harris (22 August 2000)
    • Item #: OH0030
    • length not listed
    •  (USN) Michael Harris served with the United States Navy in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. He served as a radioman and machine gunner with Task Force 117 of the Mobile Riverine Force. Interview conducted by Stephen Maxner. (open complete record
    • Link to Harris Transcript Link to Harris Audio
  • Interview with Keith Erdman (26 February 2001)
    • Item #: OH0085
    • Length: 02:48:59 hr/min/sec
    •  (USMC) Keith Erdman served with the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. He initially served with C Company, 1st Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment, 3rd Marine Division in I CTZ in Da Nang and along the Laotian border. He later served as an Advisor to the Vietnamese Police Field Forces. (open complete record
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  • Interview with Randall Kunkleman (1 October 1999)
  • Interview with David Shelly (18 April 2000)
    • Item #: OH0120
    • Length: 1:44:20 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) David Shelly served with the United States Army in Vietnam from 1969 to 1970. He served as a rifleman, machine gunner, and squad leader with the 82nd Airborne Division and the 1st Cavalry Division. (open complete record
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  • Interview with Phil Dorsey (30 April 2001)
    • Item #: OH0169
    • Length: 01:38:87 min/sec
    •  (USA) Phil Dorsey served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967. He served as a Health Care Administrator with the 71st Evacuation Hospital in Pleiku. Interview conducted by Kim Sawyer. (open complete record
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  • Interview with James E. Scales (22 June 2002)
  • Interview with Sumner Clayton (30 October 2002)
    • Item #: OH0238
    • Length: 04:05:36 hr/min/sec
    •  (USN) Sumner M. Clayton III, originally from O'Donnell, Texas, served in the U.S. Navy from 1960 until 1980. He served in Vietnam from 1970 until 1971 as part of the Naval Advisory Group at Cua Viet assigned to Vietnamese Mine Interdiction Division 92 where they operated on the Cua Viet River. He took part in Operation Lam Son 719. In addition to his service in Vietnam, Sumner served aboard th... (more
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  • Interview with Michael Sweeney (14 November 2002)
    • Item #: OH0239
    • Length: 05:14:30 hr/min/sec
    •  (USMC) Michael L. Sweeney, originally from Denison, Texas, served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1960 until 1980. Mike served in Vietnam from 1965 until 1969. From 1965 to1966, and again in 1967 after completing the Amphibious Warfare School at Quantico, Virginia, he was the Commanding Officer, Marine Detachment aboard the USS Hancock. In the spring and summer of 1968, he was CO, K Co., 3d Batta... (more
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  • Interview with Elmer Hale (09 December 2002)
    • Item #: OH0247
    • Length: 03:41:02 min/sec
    •  (USA) Elmer D. Hale, originally from Lawrenceville, Illinois served in the U.S. Army in 1967 and 1968 as an infantryman with C Co., 1st Battalion, 22nd Infantry, 4th Infantry Division in the Central Highlands area. He took part in the aftermath of the TET OFFENSIVE in and around Kontum and in the fight for Chu Moor Mountain in April 1968. Interview conducted by Richard B. Verrone, Ph.D. (open complete record
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  • Interview with Bill McCollum (11 December 2002)
    • Item #: OH0248
    • Length: 02:29:16 min/sec
    •  (USN) Bill McCollum, originally from New York City, New York served in the U.S. Navy from 1967 until 1969. He went to Vietnam in August 1968 and served as an engineman aboard an Armored Troop Carrier (ATC) with Task Force 117, River Assault Division 111 near Dong Tham in the Mekong Delta. There he took part in Operation MARKET TIME and also witnessed the mining of the USS Westchester County on... (more
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  • Interview with Don Cuneo
    • Item #: OH0249
    • Length: 05:35:41 min/sec
    •  (USMC) Don Cuneo, originally from San Francisco, California served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1964 until 1967. Don went to Vietnam in 1966 and served with the 3rd Battalion, 1st Marines and 1st Battalion, 4th Marines as a Radio Operator and Forward Air Controller (FAC). As a Radio Operator and FAC, he was attached to various units throughout his tour. Don took part in Operations DOUBLE EAGL... (more
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  • Interview with Jackie Wright
    • Item #: OH0252
    • Length: 04:24:36 min/sec
    •  (USA) Jackie V. Wright, originally from Jefferson County, Oklahoma served in the U.S. Army from 1960 until 1980. After graduating from Midwestern State University in 1960, where he completed the Army ROTC program, he underwent training at Ft. Benning (GA), Ft. Rucker (AL), and Ft. Riley (KS) and did a three year tour in Germany between 1963 and 1966 with the 3rd Army Division. Jack went to Viet... (more
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  • Interview with Eddie Jones
    • Item #: OH0258
    • length not listed
    •  Eddie Jones served as an Artillery Officer with the United States Army in Vietnam from 1964 to 1965. He served as a District Advisor in the Mekong Delta region, IV Corps Tactical Zone. He worked with the Motivation, Indoctrination, and Training Teams (MIT Teams) and Popular Forces. Interview conducted by Stephen Maxner. (open complete record
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  • Interview with Alfred DeMailo
    • Item #: OH0262
    • Length: 8:11:04 min/sec
    •  (USA) Al DeMailo served with the United States Army in Vietnam from April 1967 to April 1968 as a Huey gunship pilot with the 1st Cavalry Division. He returned to Vietnam in January 1970 where he again served with 1st Cavalry Division as a Cobra Gunship pilot. He participated in the Tet Offensive, Cambodian Incursion, and Lam Son 719. Interview conducted by Stephen Maxner. (open complete record
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  • Interview with Martin Montemore (27 March 2003)
    • Item #: OH0309
    • Length: 3:42:42 hr/min/sec
    •  (USAF) Martin M. Montemore, originally from St. Joseph, Missouri, served in the U.S. Air Force from 1967 until 1975. Martin went to Southeast Asia in 1969 as a C-130 pilot and was stationed at Ching Chuan Kang AB, Taiwan, with the 776th Tactical Airlift Squadron. From CCK, he flew multiple missions in South Vietnam, and other missions in Taiwan, the Philippines, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, I... (more
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  • Interview with Martin Brady
    • Item #: OH0310
    • length not listed
    •  (USA) Martin Brady, originally from Swoersville, Pennsylvania served in the U.S. Army from 1961 until 1981. Martin was in South Vietnam as a Special Forces medic with the 5th Special Forces Group (SFG) from June to December 1963 and December 1964 to December 1965, and with the 1st SFG operating out of Okinawa, Japan, from June 1967 to February 1968 and July 1969 to July 1970. Interview conducted ... (more
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  • Interview with James Wheeler, Jr. (11 July 2003)
    • Item #: OH0313
    • length not listed
    •  (USA) James P. Wheeler, Jr., originally from Nashville, Tennessee served in the U.S. Army from 1963 until 1984. Jim served two tours in South Vietnam. He first went to the RVN in March 1967 and served until March 1968 with the 2nd Battalion, 8th Infantry, 4th Infantry Division as a platoon leader. Jim went back to the RVN in July 1969 and served six months with 3rd Brigade, 4th ID and six mont... (more
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  • Interview with Michael McGregor (16 December 2003)
    • Item #: OH0329
    • Length: 7:10:34 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Michael McGregor was born in South Bend, Indiana, and graduated from Indiana University. He was drafted in 1966, and completed Basic Training at Fort Campbell and Advanced Training at Fort Sill. In September 1967 Mike arrived in Vietnam and was assigned to A Battery, 1/21st Artillery, First Cavalry Division. In this mobile direct field support battery, Mike served both as a Fire Direction... (more
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  • Interview with Cecil Shrader (16 January 2004)
    • Item #: OH0332
    • Length: 4:44:32 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Cecil Shrader was born in West Virginia and was a 1958 graduate of the US Military Academy at West Point. Trained as an armored weapons specialist, Cecil held a field command with a tank company in Korea before going to Vietnam. He commanded an aeroweapons platoon of C Troop, 1/9 of the First Cavalry Division from July 1966 until May 1967, and he returned to Vietnam as Commanding Officer o... (more
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  • Interview with Tom Esslinger (21 August 2003)
    • Item #: OH0333
    • Length: 5:23:15 hr/min/sec
    •  (USMC) John Thomas "Tom" Esslinger, originally from Ephrata, Pennsylvannia served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 until 1970. Tom went to Vietnam in September 1967 and served with India Company and Mike Company, 3rd Battalion, 26th Marines, and operated out of Camp Evans. In December 1967, his unit was sent to Khe Sanh where it eventually occuppied Hill 881 South during the 77-day seige. Af... (more
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  • Interview with Andrew DeBona
    • Item #: OH0334
    • length not listed
    •  (USMC) Andrew D. DeBona, originally from Johnstown, Pennsylvania served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1955 until 1981 and retired a Lieutenant Colonel. Andy went to Vietnam in December 1966 and served as Battalion S-4 3/26 Marines and then CO of Mike Company, 3/26 Marines until September 1967. On his second tour from June 1971 until April 1972, he served as Senior Advisor, 7th Battalion, Vietna... (more
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  • Interview with Michael Bradbury
    • Item #: OH0335
    • length not listed
    •  (USMC) Michael D. Bradbury, originally from San Francisco, California served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1966 until 1969 and in the U.S. Air Force from 1971 until 1988. Mike served in South Vietnam in K Company, 3/26 Marines, 3rd Marine Division, from September 1967 until October 1968. He participated in operations around Camp Evans in the Cobi Tanh Tan Valley, in Hue and around Quang Tri Cit... (more
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  • Interview with John McNown, Jr. (13 September 2003)
    • Item #: OH0336
    • length not listed
    •  (USA) John R. McNown, Jr., served in the U.S. Army from 1967 until 1972. He was in South Vietnam as a First Lieutenant from July 1968 until July 1969. While in Vietnam, John served as a Platoon Leader and, on several occasions, Acting Company Commander in Alpha Company, 1st Battalion, 20th Infantry, 11th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal (23rd) Infantry Division in and around Duc Pho between Jul... (more
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  • Interview with William Holmes, Jr.
    • Item #: OH0357
    • length not listed
    •  (USMC) William B. Holmes, Jr., originally from Greenville, Texas served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1961 until 1965. Bill grew up in Lubbock, Texas and graduated from Texas Tech University in 1962 where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity, the U.S. Air Force ROTC program, and the USMC Active Reserve (1961-62). He went to Southeast Asia in 1964 as part of Marine Air Support Squad... (more
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  • Interview with Edwin L. Oswald (01 April 2004)
    • Item #: OH0362
    • Length: 9:42:59 hr/min/sec
    •  (USN) Edwin L. ('Larry') Oswald was born in Savannah GA in 1945, and graduated from Benedictine High School there in 1963. Larry held a Navy ROTC scholarship at Rice University, and after graduating in 1967 he attended the Navy Supply Corps School at Athens GA. In March 1968 he was assigned to Naval Support Activity (NSA), Saigon, and then as Supply Officer on YRBM-16. He aided in the refitting... (more
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  • Interview with Robert M. Rankin (04 May 2004)
    • Item #: OH0370
    • Length: 4:14:59 hr/min/sec
    •  (USN) Robert M. ("Mike") Rankin was born in 1937 in Arkansas. In 1959 he graduated from the University of Arkansas, where he was in ROTC, and he earned an MD from the University of Tennessee in 1963. Drafted under the Berry Plan, in 1964-65 Mike served with Destroyer Division 102 and then was the Senior Medical Officer with Destroyer Squadron 232 on Yankee Station in Vietnam. Mike was also tempor... (more
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  • Interview with Thomas J. Barnes (11 February 2004)
    • Item #: OH0371
    • Length: 17:25:59 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA/Foreign Service) Thomas J. Barnes was born in St. Paul, MN in 1930. He earned a BA in 1950 and an MA in 1951, both from the University of Minnesota. Tom was commissioned in the US Army in 1951 and, as an interrogator, he was assigned first to the 500th MI Group in Japan and then to the 525th MI Service Company in Korea (1952-53). After eight months with the Army's Counter-Intelligence Corps ... (more
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  • Interview with Rosemary Burke (01 May 2004)
  • Interview with Joseph J. Welsh (19 April 2005)
    • Item #: OH0423
    • Length: 17:11:51 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Joseph John Welsh, Jr., was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He enlisted in the United States Army in 1966 and retired in 1996 with the rank of First Sergeant. Joey served in Vietnam with Headquarters, 1st Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, 1967-1968, and with Company E (Long Range Patrol), 20th Infantry (Airborne), 1968. Interview conducted by Richard B. Verrone, Ph.D. (open complete record
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  • Interview with Janice J. Carney (24 May 2005)
    • Item #: OH0426
    • Length: 5:17:27 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Janice J. Carney was born (as John) in Cambridge MA and enlisted in the US Army in 1969. After training at Ft Dix NJ, Ft Sam Houston TX, and Ft Polk LA, Janice arrived in Vietnam in July 1970. She was originally assigned to the 666th Transportation Corps near Phu Bai, but moved the the 39th Transportation Bn, becoming the battalion mail clerk and courier. She participated in Lam Son 719, and... (more
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  • Interview with John (Ron) Milam
    • Item #: OH0429
    • length not listed
    •  (USA) Dr. Ron Milam enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1968 and served until 1971. He was in South Vietnam from May 1970 until May 1971 in Phu Nhon District, Pleiku Province (II Corps), working for Military Assistance Command-Vietnam as a Senior Advisor for Mobile Advisory Team 38. Ron worked with Montagnard tribes in training People's Self Defense Forces (PSDFs) to defend villages from Viet Cong and NV... (more
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  • Interview with Patrick Curry (15 July 2005)
    • Item #: OH0434
    • Length: 15:01:51 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Pat Curry, originally from Temple, Texas, served in the U.S. Army from 1966 until 1991 and retired a Lieutenant Colonel. Pat served in South Vietnam with the HHC 1/5 Cavalry, 1st Cav Division between November 1968 and April 1969 in Tay Ninh, at LZ Dolly, and other areas as a Logistics and Administrative Officer and Company Executive Officer, and with B Co., 27th Maintenance Battalion, 1st Ca... (more
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  • Interview with Paula D. Wright (10 August 2005)
    • Item #: OH0437
    • length not listed
    •  (USA) Paula D. Wright, who served as "Paul D. Wright," was born in 1950 in Lubbock TX. She graduated from Coronado High School in Lubbock in 1969, and volunteered for the US Army. After advanced training in helicopter maintenance at Ft Rucker AL, she arrived in Vietnam in January 1970. During her first tour she served with the 240th and 173rd Assault Helicopter Companies. After additional service... (more
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  • Interview with Gary Noller (16 August 2005)
    • Item #: OH0440
    • Length: 15:11:54 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Gary Noller served in the U.S. Army between 1969 and 1971 and was in South Vietnam between June 1970 and April 1971. Gary was an Infantryman with B Co., 1/46, 196th LIB, Americal Division operating in III Corps in and around FSB Mary Ann. (open complete record
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  • Interview With Timothy Vail (06 October 2005)
    • Item #: OH0445
    • Length: 15:29:03 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Tim Vail was born in Altoona, PA, and grew up in Norfolk, VA. His father was a twenty-three year U.S. Navy veteran and was a submariner in World War II. Tim served in the U.S. Army from July 1968 until July 1970. He was drafted in July 1968, did his Basic Training at Ft. Benning, GA, and his Advanced Infantry Training at Ft. Polk, LA. Tim went to the Republic of Vietnam in January 1969 a... (more
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  • Interview with Robert Kreger (28 October 2005)
    • Item #: OH0448
    • Length: 12:48:36 hr/min/sec
    •  Robert Kreger discusses his experiences with the Special Forces in Vietnam, as well as his time as a rifle company commander with the 23rd Americal Division. (open complete record
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Dustoff/Medevac Pilot & Crew

  • Interview with Larry Fraser (5 February 2001)
    • Item #: OH0027
    • Length: 04:18:22 hr/min/sec
    •  (USMC, Air America, Arizona Helicopters, Bird Air) Larry Fraser served as a pilot in the United States Marine Corps in Vietnam from 1965 to 1966. He served with HMM 362 in Chu Lai. After leaving the USMC in 1967, Mr. Fraser served with Air America in Udorn Thailand from 1968 to 1973. He later flew for Arizona Helicopters, and Bird Air. (open complete record
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  • Interview with John Nelson (13 December 2000)
    • Item #: OH0073
    • Length: 02:18:16 hr/min/sec
    •  (USAF) Captain Nelson served in Vietnam from 1968-1970 in the 314th TAC and the 345th TAC based out of Saigon, Tuy Hoa and Cam Rhan Bay. As a C-130 pilot, Captain Boling flew numerous missions to and from every airbase in South Vietnam. (This interview was made possible through grants from the Helen Jones and CH Foundations) (open complete record
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  • Interview with Robert Smithee (15 February 2001)
    • Item #: OH0080
    • Length: 3:43:59 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Robert Smithee served in Vietnam from 1969-1970 in the 4th Medical Battalion at Dau Tieng, the 58th Medical Battalion at Long Bien , and 3rd Brigade of the 4th Infantry Division. Mr. Smithee was a member of a Medevac crew, assisted in surgery, accompanied infantry units on combat missions and assisted in the coordination of Medevac operations. He participated in Operations JUNCTION CITY, MAN... (more
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  • Interview with David Martin (9 March 2000)
    • Item #: OH0109
    • Length: 3:18:07 min/sec
    •  (USA) Dave Martin served with B Troop, 2/17th Cavalry in Vietnam in 1969 as a Crew Chief and also served with the 158th Aviation Battalion in maintenance and the 159th Aviation Battalion as the Battalion Commander's Crew Chief. Interview conducted by Stephen Maxner and Kim Sawyer. (open complete record
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  • Interview with Marius Burke (12 April 2001)
    • Item #: OH0127
    • Length: 03:48:30 min/sec
    •  (USMC, Air America) Marius Burke served as a helicopter pilot with the United States Marine Corps from 1958-1963. He then joined Air America and served as a helicopter pilot in Southeast Asia until 1975. Marius was present during the last hours of the war and participated in the evacuation of Saigon in April 1975. Interview conducted by Stephen Maxner. (open complete record
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  • Interview with James Laible (21 August 2002)
    • Item #: OH0144
    • Length: 04:36:28 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) James Laible served with the US Army in Vietnam as a Medical Service Corps officer from 1967 to 1968. He served principally with the 4th Infantry Division. (open complete record
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  • Interview with David Hause (21 March 2001)
    • Item #: OH0176
    • Length: 03:20:50 min/sec
    •  (USA) David Hause served with the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1970 to 1971. He served as a door gunner, Crew Chief, and Aircraft Mechanic with Headquarters and Headquarters Company, 3rd Brigade, 101st Airborne Division. During Operation Lam Son 719, his unit kept Highway 9 open to Khe Sanh and took over the DMZ base camps (outposts A-1, etc...) His area of operations included the South China Sea to ... (more
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  • Interview with Ernie Sylvester (12 November 2002)
    • Item #: OH0240
    • Length: 06:43:32 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Ernest J. Sylvester, originally from New Orleans, Louisiana served in the U.S. Army Medical Service Corps from 1963 until 1985. Ernie went to Vietnam in March 1964 and served as a Medical Evacuation Pilot with the 57th Medical Detachment (RA) at Soc Trang. After rotating back to the U.S. in November 1964 and serving at Ft. Sam Houston (TX), Ft. Polk (LA), Hunter Army Arifield (GA), and in... (more
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  • Interview with John Arick (23 January 2003)
    • Item #: OH0268
    • Length: 8:05:09 hr/min/sec
    •  (USMC) John C. Arick, originally from Washington, D.C., served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1962 until 1992 and retired a Brigadier General. He is a 1962 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. John served two tours in Southeast Asia. During the first, from 1966 to 1967, he was stationed at the Ky Ha helicopter base north of Chu Lai with the Marine Observation Squadron (VMO) 6, Marin... (more
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  • Interview with Ron Ballweg
    • Item #: OH0296
    • length not listed
    •  (USA) John Ron Ballweg, originally from Baltimore, Maryland served in the U.S. Army from 1964 until 1968 and in the Army National Guard from 1970 until 1989. Ron served one tour in Vietnam between August 1966 and August 1967 with the 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment ("Blackhorse") based at Xuan Loc as a Utility Helicopter Pilot and Maintenance Officer. Interview conducted by Richard B. Verrone, Ph.... (more
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  • Interview with Steven D. Vermillion (09 February 2004)
    • Item #: OH0406
    • Length: 4:18:14 hr/min/sec
    •  Steve Vermillion was a United State Army Dustoff helicopter commander in Vietnam in 1969. He flew 1450 missions with 1127 combat hours. His many awards during the Vietnam War included Air Medals, the Silver Star, and the Distinguished Flying Cross. Vermillion retired from the Army in 1993 as a Lieutenant Colonel. (open complete record
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  • Interview with John W. Hammett (08 October 2009)
    • Item #: OH0721
    • Length: 02:29:59 hr/min/sec
    •  In this interview John Hammett describes his experiences in World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. During World War II, Hammett served as a fighter/recon pilot in Italy. During the Korean War, Hammett flew helicopter medevac missions. Finally, during the Vietnam war Hammett served as the operations officer for the 44th Medical Battalion from 1966 until 1967. (Technical difficulties in some portions of... (more
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  • Interview with Sidney B. Baird, Jr. (2 November 2009)
    • Item #: OH0728
    • Length: 00:52:17 hr/min/sec
    •  Sidney Baird, Jr., discusses his experiences in Vietnam in 1967-1968. Baird served with the U.S. Marine Corps on CH-46 helicopters in HMM 165, flying Medevac missions and serving as an aviation electronics technician, machine gunner, and crew chief. (open complete record
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Soldier who was Injured and Medevac'd

  • Interview with Thomas Striegler (1 August 2000)
    • Item #: OH0009
    • Length: 2:62:19 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Tom Striegler served with the United States Army in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968. He served as a Forward Observer with Battery A, 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery, Executive Officer with B Battery, 2nd Battalion, 4th Field Artillery, Fire Direction Officer with B Battery, 7th Battalion, 8th Field Artillery, and as Executive Officer with C Battery, 7th Battalion, 8th Field Artillery. (open complete record
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  • Interview with Marshall Paul (03 February 1990)
    • Item #: OH0045
    • Length: 05:29:09 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Sergeant Paul discusses his earlier life experiences before he joined the Army in 1967. He served in Vietnam from January 1968 to April 1970. He comments on his feelings towards the people in the anti-war movement, including Bobby Seale and Jane Fonda, before turning to the induction process and basic training. Sergeant Paul recounts his experiences with the 173rd Airborne Brigade stationed ... (more
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  • Interview with John Givhan (11 September 2000)
    • Item #: OH0059
    • Length: 02:36:05 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) John Givhan served as a helicopter pilot with the United States Army in Vietnam from 1963 to 1964. He served with the 120th Aviation Company in Saigon. (open complete record
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  • Interview with Jack Johnson (1 November 2000)
    • Item #: OH0069
    • Length: 04:54:21 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Jack Johnson received his ROTC commission in 1954 upon graduation from Iowa State College. He attended Field Artillery Officers Basic Course and applied for pilot training. He attended pilot training in 1955 and served as a Flight Instructor from 1956 to 1959. He first went to Vietnam in 1964 where he served as a Platoon Leader in the UTT Armed Helicopter Company at Tan Son Nhut Air Base unt... (more
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  • Interview with James "Butch" Morris (20 February 2001)
    • Item #: OH0082
    • Length: 02:57:30 min/sec
    •  (USMC) Butch Morris served in Vietnam from 1969-1970 in the 7th, 27th and 28th Marines as a rifleman, point-man and squad leader. He participated in operations based out of the Khe Son Valley and Fire Support Base Ross, including OPERATION PICKENS FOREST. (This interview was made possible through grants from the Helen Jones and CH Foundations) Interview conducted by Kim Sawyer. (open complete record
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  • Interview with Darryl Nelson (18 July 2000)
    • Item #: OH0125
    • Length: 2:59:38 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Darryl Nelson was born on November 1, 1940 and died on March 25, 2012. Nelson enlisted with the United States Army in 1966 and retired in 1985, serving in Vietnam from 1966 to 1967 and from 1970 to 1972. During his first tour of duty he served as a MP with the 1st Military Police Company and was wounded on the road near Di An Base Camp by a sniper, Christmas 1966. During his second tour: ... (more
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  • Interview with Gonzalo Baltazar (23 March 2001)
    • Item #: OH0152
    • Length: 02:10:52 min/sec
    •  (USA) Gonzalo Baltazar served as an infantryman with B Troop, 2/17th Cavalry in Vietnam from February 1969 to February 1970. He participated in operations in Hue, Quang tri, Chu Lai, Tam Ky, and Hill 376 (Lamar Plain). Interview conducted by Stephen Maxner. (open complete record
    • Link to Baltazar Audio Link to Baltazar Transcript
  • Interview with Philip Watson (23 April 2001)
    • Item #: OH0165
    • Length: 03:35:12 min/sec
    •  (USN) Philip Watson served with the US Navy in Vietnam from September 1968 to May 1969 when he was wounded and medically evacuated. He served as a radio operator with the Naval Support Activity Detachment at Da Nang and Sa Huynh. Interview conducted by Stephen Maxner. (open complete record
    • Link to Watson Transcript Link to Watson Audio
  • Interview with David Holdorf (28 March 2001)
    • Item #: OH0166
    • Length: 02:27:01 min/sec
    •  (USA) David Holdorf served with the United States Army in Vietnam from 1968 to 1969. He served as a Mechanic with the7/15th Field Artillery. Interview conducted by Stephen Maxner. (open complete record
    • Link to Holdorf Transcript Link to Holdorf Audio
  • Interview with Gary Franklin
    • Item #: OH0194
    • Length: 01:50:50 min/sec
    •  (USA) Gary Franklin served as a rifleman, RTO, squad leader and acting platoon leader with the 198th Light Infantry Brigade as part of the Americal (23rd Infantry) Division in Quang Ngai province, I CTZ, from June 1968-June 6, 1969. Interview conducted by Jonathan Bernstein. (open complete record
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  • Interview with Robert Scott Dawson (14 September 2001)
    • Item #: OH0211
    • Length: 05:06:48 min/sec
    •  (USMC) Scott Dawson served with the U.S. Marine Corps in Vietnam from 1967 to 1969. He served as a rifleman with A Company, 1st Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment in Quang Tri and Hue. Interview conducted by Stephen Maxner. (open complete record
    • Link to Dawson Audio Link to Dawson Transcript
  • Interview with Bill Paris (27 May 2003)
    • Item #: OH0312
    • Length: 10:32:20 hr/min/sec
    •  Bill Paris discusses his experiences with the 11th Brigade, 101st Airborne Division, from 1967-1968. Paris returned as an OH-58 Scout pilot in his second tour from 1969-1970. (Portions of the audio of this interview are missing.) (open complete record
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  • Interview with Charles Dodge
    • Item #: OH0315
    • length not listed
    •  (USA) Charles T. "Ty" Dodge, originally from Temple, Texas served in the U.S. Army from 1968 until 1971. Ty went to South Vietnam in June 1969 as a member of I Troop, 11th Armored Cavalry Regiment. In country, he commanded 3rd Platoon as a 1st Lieutenant in III Corps around the Parrot's Beak and Fishhook areas. Ty left the RVN after he was wounded in a firefight at Firebase Buttons in November... (more
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  • Interview with James B. Evans (12 April 2004)
    • Item #: OH0366
    • Length: 5:47:15 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) James ('Jim') B. Evans was born in Fort Worth TX in 1943. He attended Texas Christian University and Southwestern Medical School, earning an MD degree in 1968. He was drafted that year, attended Basic Training at Fort Sam Houston TX, and was commissioned in the Army in January 1969. In Vietnam, Jim served as a battalion medical officer with the 1/77 Armored Battalion and 1/5 Infantry Bri... (more
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  • Interview with David W. Taylor (05 April 2005)
    • Item #: OH0422
    • Length: 7:17:43 hr/min/sec
    •  (USA) Dave Taylor , originally from Philadelphia, PA, served in the U.S. Army between 1967 and 1971 and in the U.S. Army Reserve between 1972 and 1993. In South Vietnam Dave was an Infantry Officer with C Co., 5/46, 198th Light Infantry Brigade, Americal Division from February until June 1969. On June 3, 1969, he was wounded in action (for a second time) and evacuated to Japan and eventually back ... (more
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Pilots Who Flew Support Missions for Dustoff/Medevac

  • Interview with Patrick King
    • Item #: OH0042
    • Length: 00:58:29 min/sec
    •  (USMC) Patrick King served two tours in Vietnam with the U.S. Marine Corps after earning both Army Air Wings and Navy Air Wings. On his first tour, from July 1970 to February 1971, he flew helicopters with the HML-167 squadron in I Corps. During his second tour in 1973, he flew American POWs out of Hanoi upon their release. Interview conducted by Mark Taylor. (open complete record
    • Link to King Audio Link to King Transcript
  • Interview with Jim Moran (27 February 2002)
    • Item #: OH0219
    • Length: 02:19:39 min/sec
    •  (USA) Jim Moran was an AH-1 Cobra pilot with C Battery, 2/20th Aerial Rocket Artillery, 1st Cavalry Division in Quan Loi, Vietnam 1970-71. Interview conducted by Jonathan Bernstein. (open complete record
    • Link to Moran Audio Link to Moran Transcript
  • Interview with John Arick (23 January 2003)
    • Item #: OH0268
    • Length: 8:05:09 hr/min/sec
    •  (USMC) John C. Arick, originally from Washington, D.C., served in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1962 until 1992 and retired a Brigadier General. He is a 1962 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis. John served two tours in Southeast Asia. During the first, from 1966 to 1967, he was stationed at the Ky Ha helicopter base north of Chu Lai with the Marine Observation Squadron (VMO) 6, Marin... (more
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Doctor or Nurse Treating Dustoff Patients

  • Interview with Michael Mittelmann (7 May 2001)
    • Item #: OH0172
    • Length: 07:06:30 min/sec
    •  (USA) Dr. Michael Mittelmann was a physician in the U.S. Army Medical Corps from 1957-1967 and 1983-1995, both Active and Reserve duty. He served as an orthopedic surgeon in the 8th Field Hospital in Nha Trang, Republic of Vietnam, from March 1965 to March 1966. His positions included Chiefs of Orthopedic Surgery and Professional Services. Interview conducted by Stephen Maxner. (open complete record
    • Link to Mittlemann Audio Link to Mittlemann Transcript Part 1 Link to Mittlemann Transcript Part 2
  • Interview with Patricia A. Warner (28 June 2005)
    • Item #: OH0430
    • Length: 6:16:55 hr/min/sec
    •  In this interview Commander Patricia Warner describes her experiences as a Navy Nurse. Warner's career which spanned from the 1950s to the 1980's included a tour aboard the USS Sanctuary, a hospital ship based off the coast of Da Nang. (open complete record
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  • Interview with John Hubenthal (15 December 2005)