Oral memoirs of Manuel Ortegon: An interview conducted on November 16th, 2021

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2023-01-28

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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.

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Includes interview transcript.

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