Interviews with men stationed at Khe Sanh Combat Base
Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
Audio (Reel-to-Reel - 2 Track Mono [3.75])
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 January 1968 at Khe Sanh. The Private was located close to the ammunition dump when it exploded and was showered with ordinance, and describes the attack where the ammunition dump was hit. The next interview is with Cpl. John Arthur who worked to calm the troops in his platoon calm and prepare for any incoming enemy. The interviewee was struck in the leg with shrapnel and medivaced to Phu Bai. The last interview is with Captain Walter Gunn who is a senior adviser to the ARVN Ranger Battalion at Khe Sanh. The ARNV ranger Battalion set out on a mission in February to find and destroy an enemy recoilless rifle. The rifle team was killed and the Russian built 82mm recoilless was brought back to the base. This is the first example captured in Vietnam. Captain Gunn speaks highly of the ARVN Rangers. The next interview is with Cpl. Walter Whitesides who has spent time on Hill 881 South. Cpl. Whitesides is a tactical air controller, he files the requests for medivacs and tactical air strikes. The men on Hill 881 South are living underground as much as possible. The next interview is with Major Walter Hardenbouer who is an air liaison officer with the USAF. The Lt.'s job is to provide the communication between the 26th Marine Regiment and the Seventh Air Force. The next interview is with TSgt. Thomas Graves, Jr., USAF, he maintains the Forward Air Control aircraft. His men also aid in the maintenance of the Marine aircraft at the base. The final interview is with a Marine Corp Lt., who supports the Headquarters Division of the 26th Marines at Khe Sanh. The supply division is shorthanded and is having difficulty in obtaining replacement equipment that was destroyed in combat.
Interviews with men stationed at Khe Sanh Combat Base, Undated, Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 25 May. 2015. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=992AU0685>.
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992AU0685, Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
Added: 15 Aug 2002[Updated: 27 Nov 2013]