Tet Offensive: Audio

Audio recordings include radio programs, cockpit transmissions, letters home and other sound recordings. These recordings are different from oral histories in that they are not a formal interview but instead were mostly recorded during the Vietnam War era capturing the sounds of the time and the thoughts of the soldiers themselves. Most of the audio recordings show a brief synopsis of the program and length of the recording.

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  • First MAW Oral History Interviews
    • Item #: 992AU0466
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 29:40 min/sec
    •  Unclassified #21RP XXVI First MAW Oral History Interviews (1) Operational difference in ASRT in Khe Sanh; 8 min (2) MASS-3 operations at Khe Sanh; 13 min (3) Observations attached to MASS-3 at Khe Sanh; 9 min (4)Observations and problems encountered at Khe Sanh; 3 minutes (5)Experiences in supply with MASS-3; 2 1/2 minutes (6) Observations at Khe Sanh; 2 minutes Dates of interviews:... (more
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  • Interviews with United States Marines at Khe Sanh, 1968
    • Item #: 992AU0467
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 27:33 min/sec
    •  Number 1 This is an interview conducted by Staff Sergeant Chuck McCormick with Lieutenant Colonel Harry Alderman 3rd Battalion 26th Marines. The interview consists of Lieutenant Colonel Alderman describing recent activity about the siege at Khe Sanh. Supplies, attacks, and probes are among the topics covered. Number 2 This is an interview conducted by Marine Sergeant Dale Dye with Commande... (more
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  • Khe Sanh
    • Item #: 992AU0507
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 10:30 min/sec
    •  This audiotape is Marine correspondent Chris Harris covering the attack on Khe Sanh. He describes Khe Sanh after the attack. He explains how supplies are brought in and how buildings have been destroyed. The supplies have been brought in by helicopter. The correspondent named Sergeant Ted Boomer to give his account of the attack. 1st Lieutenant D.C. Moves describes how the action began. HQ... (more
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  • Jerry Jones - Khe Sanh
  • Soldier Interviews
    • Item #: 992AU0520
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 5:52 min/sec
    •  HQMC: An official Radio release Platoon TR-196 Khe Sanh Leader 1:16 TR- 197 L a hole w/charlie 2:56 TR-198 Two "VC" This audio contains three interviews with soldiers. Two had close calls with the Viet Cong. Corporal Tom Brantley interviewed Lt. Daniel McGravy who summarized the attitude of the marines at the Northern combat base at Khe Sanh that of marines feeling base is heavily fortified a... (more
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  • Interview conducted by Marine Captain Bill Stuckey with Colonel David Lownds [tape 1 of 2]
    • Item #: 992AU0523
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 29:39 min/sec
    •  This audio consists of a radio interview conducted by Marine Captain Bill Stuckey with Colonel David Lownds. The interview takes place in on 23 May 1968, and continues on tape 2 (992au0524).

      Colonel Lownds explains his duty at Khe Sanh and explains his mission. He comments on enemy strength and opposition. During his tour at Khe Sanh, the Marines experienced several battalion sized a... (more
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  • Interview conducted by Marine Captain Bill Stuckey with Colonel Lownds [tape 2 of 2]
    • Item #: 992AU0524
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 15:13 min/sec
    •  Col. Lownds/ Capt. Stuckey on Khe Sanh 5-23-68 #59 RP 7.5 73A2327 9/17:33-4 #16

      This is the continuation of the interview with Colonel David Lownds by Captain Bill Stuckey concerning the Marine defense of Khe Sanh (first half is 992au0523). The Colonel describes some of the prime medical concerns. The Colonel describes the quality of the meals the troops ate, transportation, weat... (more
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  • Lance Corporal Lance E. Tibbet Interview
    • Item #: 992AU0547
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 35:24 min/sec
    •  Interviewee: LCpl. Lance E. Tibbet, USMC Interviewer GSgt. Bob Vanderwalker, USMC Location: El Toro Base, Santa Ana CA Subject: Time at Khe Sanh LCpl Tibbet was at Khe Sahn from 15 January to 29 February 1968 assigned to Echo Company that was moved to 861 and the other 3 companies to hill 881. They positioned themselves around Khe Sahn to protect the base. The Viet Cong and NVA would ... (more
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  • Operation Pegasus (Reel #1)
    • Item #: 992AU0564
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 14:56 min/sec
    •  This recording begins and ends with sounds of war. The middle of the recording is a telecast describing the goals of Operation Pegasus the reporter is with F Company 2nd battalion 1st Marine Regiment. The operation was intended to sweep the VC from Route 9 and open a supply route to Khe Sanh and relieve the units at Khe Sanh. The ground units are being supported by the 1st Air Cavalry. (open complete record
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  • Operation Pegasus (Reel #2)
    • Item #: 992AU0565
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 14:23 min/sec
    •  This is a recording of two short interviews concerning Operation Pegasus. The first interview is with a marine of a bridge building unit, consisting mainly of information on military bridge construction. The second interview is with a tanker supporting the infantry by firing ahead of the ground forces to flush out the enemy and serve as fire support. Both marines are very motivated to support t... (more
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  • Interviews with men stationed at Khe Sanh Combat Base
    • Item #: 992AU0685
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 29:48 min/sec
    •  This audio consist of several interviews with men who serving at Khe Sanh Combat Base on the night of 21 January 1968. The first interviewee is unidentified and describes the first morning of the Khe Sanh siege of 1968, his platoon received very light casualties, and those injured will all return to the unit. The second interview is with PFC Curtis Hinds, he describes the events of 21 Januar... (more
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  • USMC Debrief of Colonel D.E. Lownds by Colonel R.H. Mample (1 of 2)
    • Item #: 992AU0696
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 57:35 min/sec
    •  USMC Taped Historical Interview
      Interviewee: Col. D.E. Lownds, USMC
      Interviewer: Col. R.H. Mample, USMC
      Subject: Khe Sanh
      Date 29 July 1968
      Location: headquarters FMF FAC 29
      Classification: secret

      This is a discussion of the defense of Khe Sanh where Colonel Lownds was stationed during this time period. He first addresses several criticisms that have bee... (more
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  • USMC Debrief of Colonel D.E. Lownds by Colonel R.H. Mample, Q&A (2 of 2)
    • Item #: 992AU0697
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 28:47 min/sec
    •  This is the continuation of 992au0696 (1 of 2) the debrief of Col. D.E. Lownds. This is a question and answer session.

      Col. Lownds feels that a body count is irrelevant to winning the war and is only useful to pacify the press. Col. Lownds then explains the evaluation of obtaining the data from sensors. Originally the information went from the ground to the aircraft to Thailand and t... (more
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  • Interview with GSgt. Billy D. Martin, USMC
    • Item #: 992AU0700
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 38:52 min/sec
    •  Marine Taped Historical Interview Interviewee: GSgt Billy D. Martin, USMC Interviewer: SSgt. William R. Enox, USMC Subject: Headquarters Battalion 13th Marines Date 12 September 1968 Location: 29 Palms, CA Classification: secret Sgt. Barton was at Khe Sanh from July 1967 to May 1968. He begins discussing the differences between the NVA and the VC, concluding that the NVA were equipped a... (more
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  • Marine Corps Interviews
    • Item #: 992AU0707
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 1:07:14 min/sec
    •  A discussion of the siege of Khe Sanh by several Marine officers and NCOs in January and February of 1968. The recording begins in the middle of a sentence so the first officer was not identified. He discussed the defense of Hill 950 including defensive measures taken and equipment that was used to protect the forward area. Limitations of certain equipment was also discussed as well as the us... (more
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  • Interview with Lance Corporal Larry A. Taylor
    • Item #: 992AU0710
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 42:40 min/sec
    •  Marine Taped Historical Interview Interviewee: LCpl. Larry Taylor, USMC Interviewer: GSgt. Bob VandeWalker, USMC Subject: experiences in Vietnam Location: El Toro Marine Base, Santa Ana, CA This interview covers Cpl. Taylor's time at Khe Sanh during the siege. Cpl. Taylor ended up being trained as a machine gunner in Khe Sanh and he talks about that change and how he felt about it. The in... (more
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  • Narrative Material
    • Item #: 992AU0716
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 25:27 min/sec
    •  This audio file is a narration of the impact of television on the Vietnam War. The narrator does mention a film, but it is an unedited version with some repetition. The primary discussion in this recording is a discussion of the news media, and its effect on the Vietnam War, and America perceptions, both the general public and also policy makers, including President Johnson. There is a narrator... (more
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  • Presidential Press Conference
    • Item #: 992AU0722
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 31:27 min/sec
    •  A Presidential press conference in the Cabinet room of the White House on 2 February 1968. The press conference begins with a presidential briefing on the activities in Vietnam, including the Tet Offensive. President Johnson discusses the loss of equipment and the replacement of that equipment. He discusses the military aspect of the Tet Offensive, stating that the Viet Cong lost the action i... (more
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  • Marine Corps Historical Interviews
    • Item #: 992AU0753
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 37:11 min/sec
    •  This recording contains several interviews regarding aerial support in the Khe Sanh area. First Marine Air Wing Taped Historical Interview Interviewee: LtCol. Richard Taber, USMC VMA 311 MAG 12 Interviewer: Cpl. Kenneth Smith, USMC Date: 22 January 1968 Location: Chu Lai Air Base On December 28, 1968 while on alert VMA 311, the unit set a record for the number of sorties flown during a ... (more
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  • Interview with General Earl Wheeler, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
    • Item #: 992AU0763
    • Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
    • Length: 52:57 min/sec
    •  This is a continuation of an interview with General Earle G. Wheeler (Chair of Joint Chiefs of Staff) by Dorothy McSweeney. During this interview Wheeler discusses Vietnamese Tet Offensive and Johnson's decision not to seek reelection. Wheeler states that the United States knew that the North was planning an offensive but the military did not know when and did not believe that the North would ... (more
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