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ItemOral memoirs of Manuel Ortegon: An interview conducted on November 16th, 2021(2023-01-28)Manuel Ortegon was born in San Angelo, Texas on October 6, 1946. Ortegon was drafted into service for the Vietnam War in 1966 but quickly volunteered to undergo Army Ranger training straight out of bootcamp. Ortegon describes his experience training in an exclusive MACV Recondo school in Vietnam as well as some of his participation in a long-range reconnaissance patrol team. Throughout the interview, Ortegon elaborates on his own memories of life after returning from combat and how it affected him in his civilian life. Ortegon discusses many different topics describing his changing opinions on the war he participated in as well as commentary on how society has changed their view on veterans today. ItemOral memoirs of Perry L. Stevens: An interview conducted on February 10th, 2022(2023-01-28)Perry Stevens was born on December 14, 1946 and grew up in San Angelo, Texas. Stevens was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War in 1966 and fought throughout the Tet Offensive. Throughout the interview, Stevens goes into detail about many of his own experiences as an infantryman and provides several anecdotes of his time in combat. At many points, Stevens speaks about the interpersonal relationships between both soldiers that fought with him, and the people that he fought against. Stevens also describes his struggles after returning from war and shares some of his own stories of uniting with veterans and his involvement in local veteran organizations. ItemOral memoirs of Jack Monte Jones: An interview conducted on October 28, 2021(2023-01-28)Jack Monte Jones was born on July 15th, 1936 in San Angelo, Texas. He grew up in various cities in Texas: San Angelo, Lake Buchannan, and Austin. He joined the Navy in 1955 for two years, was part of the Navy Reserve, and finally re-enlisted in the Army in 1963, discharging in 1966. In the Army, he was in the 10th and 1st Special Forces Airborne- known as the Green Berets. He discusses his service, including his paratrooper and engineer/demolition training, his overseas deployment in Germany at the time, and in the lessons he learned. He also talks a little about his post-military career which includes teaching and writing, and race-relations at the time. He also gives some insight into how veterans are treated in the local communities in West Texas, and beyond- both positively and negatively. Lastly, he shares his views on the Vietnam War, and the challenges he faced when returning home. ItemOral memoirs of Don Griffis: An interview conducted on February 15th, 2022(2023-01-30)Don Griffis was born in Texas in 1942. He grew up in San Angelo and his father was a WWII veteran. He enlisted into the Marines in 1961 after attending college. He served as a captain in the Force Logistics Command in the Vietnam War, maintaining many duties. Griffis discusses his experiences and quotes from his book Eagle Days: A Marine Legal/Infantry Officer in Vietnam. This interview contains his recounts of training in Quantico, his work as a legal officer, his times of rest, race relations within the units, and his pride in his service. Griffis served at a time of upheaval in America and recounts how veterans were treated when they came back from deployment. ItemOral memoirs of Robert Broene: An interview conducted on June 8, 2022(2023-01-30)Robert Broene was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on September 29, 1945. Broene enlisted with the United States Navy in order to fulfill his dream of becoming a sailor, and had a career spanning over twenty years. In this interview, Broene discusses both his time aboard nuclear submarines during the Cold War, as well as his time stationed overseas. Broene describes many different anecdotes about his time in the service and explains many specific situations unique to a submariner. Throughout the interview, Broene sheds light on both high tense situations with Soviet submarines to expressing some of the Navy’s culture and traditions. ItemOral memoirs of Richard Baggett: An interview conducted on October 12th, 2022(2023-11)Richard Baggett is a Vietnam veteran, entering the Air Force in 1969, and working in a field hospital at Ton Son Nhut Air Base in Vietnam, mentions Laos, and northern Thailand until 1973. He was born in Fort Worth to a military family, on May 20th, 1945. He talks about his services, near death experiences in the rocket attacks at his hospital in Vietnam, his experiences post-military service, and reception by the greater civilian population in America and Vietnam, as well as his PTSD. He also discusses the impact of his service, both in his personal and professional life. At the end, he talks about some of his items he would like to donate for digitization to the Oral History program, including uniforms, and photographs. ItemOral memoirs of David Schoff: An interview conducted on May 5, 2022(2023-11)David Schoff was born in North Carolina in 1945. He grew up mostly in Georgia but moved around due to his father’s military and Army status. He joined the Navy from 1963-1967, then joined the Air Force for 22 years, wanting to get away from the U.S. Army. During his service he was an electronic technician on carriers, and worked on B-52s and other aircraft in intelligence and reconnaissance operations. Schoff discusses his experiences, from training, to race relations, his job, and life. Schoff also recalls how veterans were treated when they came back from deployment, and the challenges of military life. ItemOral memoirs of Mark Webb: An interview conducted on January 11, 2022(2023-11)Mark Webb was born in Ferndale, Michigan in 1949. In July of 1968, he joined the Army at Fort Knox, Kentucky. After completing infantry training at Fort Polk, Webb served in the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam. His unit’s mission changed often so he acted in many locations in Vietnam. While Webb disliked politicians’ poor military decisions, he enjoyed the connections that he made with his fellow service members and the friendly Vietnam locals. Webb’s tour ended in June of 1970 and while he was traveling home, he encountered protestors of the Vietnam War. Because of this political context, Webb did not display his most personally valued award, his Combat Infantryman Badge, in his civilian life until 1985. Mark Webb considers his Vietnam service as something he did, not something he is.