Item Number: 992AU0710 (Record 92119)
Interview with Lance Corporal Larry A. Taylor
Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
2 Track Stereo (3.75)
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 interview covers the details of the siege of Khe Sanh, the lack of patrols and the difficulties of airdrops. He also talks about writing home and telling his parents not to believe the media, which he believed was out for sensationalism and not facts. Cpl. Taylor expresses his distaste for the Army, but also his irritation that the Army seemed to have much more in the way of supplies, such as ice cream and hot food. He talks briefly about Operation Pegasus and the goal of that operation. He talks about moving out of Khe Sanh into the operation and what little difficulty they encountered initially. He then talks about his injury and how he was handled and the notification of his parents. They briefly discuss Taylor's respect for helicopter pilots and his family's reaction to his injury.
Interview with Lance Corporal Larry A. Taylor, No Date, Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 19 Jun. 2013. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=992AU0710>.