Item Number: 992AU0524 (Record 89713)
Interview conducted by Marine Captain Bill Stuckey with Colonel Lownds [tape 2 of 2] - May 23, 1968
Douglas Pike Collection: Audio / Moving Images
2 Track Stereo (7.5)
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, weather. He states his opinion on the North Vietnamese soldier, and that the morale and discipline of the North Vietnamese depended on the unit rather than being universal. Lownds states that his soldiers were usually able to have hot meals daily, and that the base had a bakery run by a sergeant who made cakes, cookies and apple turnovers. He also commented on the bravery and selflessness of his men in combat. One example that he gave was that of a conscientious objector who protected casualties with his body to keep them from receiving further wounds.
Side B is a second copy of the same interview.
Interview conducted by Marine Captain Bill Stuckey with Colonel Lownds [tape 2 of 2], 23 May 1968, 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=992AU0524>.