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Item Number
992AU0523
Record Number
94555
Title
Interview conducted by Marine Captain Bill Stuckey with Colonel David Lownds [tape 1 of 2]
Language
English
# of Media
1
Creation Date
23 May 1968
Collection
Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
Media Type
Audio (Reel-to-Reel - 2 Track Stereo [7.5])
Length
29:39 min/sec
Physical Location
CS68.3
Description
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 attacks for which Lownds describes preparations. Lownds says that the Marines dug trenches, and used toppers to supplement defenses. Offensive patrols occurred on daily basis. He praised his soldiers for their abilities and morale during these attacks. Lownds avoided questions on strategy claiming that as a regimental commander he was mainly concerned with tactics. He also says that he had to depend on his superiors for intelligence. In an aside, Lownds says that the VC would propagandize on loud speakers to the ARVN soldiers in an effort of harm their morale.

Side B is a repeat of the same interview.
Citation
Interview conducted by Marine Captain Bill Stuckey with Colonel David Lownds [tape 1 of 2],  23 May 1968, Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 31 Jul. 2014. <http://www.vietnam.ttu.edu/virtualarchive/items.php?item=992AU0523>.
Pub. Credit Line
992AU0523, Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University
 
Added: 3 Sep 2002[Updated: 27 Nov 2013]

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