Interview with D.A.P. Viet Nam Veteran
a. US Army-101st Airborne Div. B Btry, 2 Bn. 319th Airborne Artillery. Ft. Campbell , Ky. 173rd Airborne Brigade. (Sep ) B and D Btrys. 3 Bn. 319th Airborne Artillery. - A Co. 4th Bn. 503rd Inf. Regt. Viet Nam -1967-68 - B Btry 1st Bn. 319th Airborne Artillery. - Ft. Bragg , N. C.
b. Enlisted Sept. 1965
Discharged May 1969
c. Job description
Arty. F. O. team - Attached to Inf. Co.
d. Final rank
II. Why did you join the service?
The house wasn't big enough for my Dad and I. I was already registered to attend Jr. College and planned on attending school until I was drafted - OH WELL !!!!
III. What do you do now?
I'm retired now. I belong to Airborne Veteran's groups and The VFW - The American Legion and The AMVETS - always trying to help-out veterans and local programs at city - county and state and national levels - also support for our men and women in the military today - help-out at the VA when possible - try to direct new veterans to groups or organizations that can help them with employment or medical or what ever they need.
IV. What was the best thing about the service?
Partying when I was a private and most of all doing the job I was trained for-in a hostile situation (Viet Nam) and I was smoking back then so the low-low cost of cigarettes and the extra 55 dollars a month jump pay helped out.
V. What was the worst thing about the service?
KP and spending too much time in the motor pool and the low pay scale.
VI. During your transition from active service to veteran, what or who was the most helpful?
My mom and other close relatives and close friends I went to school with who were fellow veterans and the three other close friends who weren't protesters or America haters.
VII. During your transition from active service to veteran, what or who was the most frustrating?
Fellow Americans who could care less about what veterans past and present have done or been through or willing to do anything to make their country better
VIII. What advice would you give to someone entering the service?
Go in with a good outlook and don't think you know all the answers - that's hard to do when you're young and don't expect special treatment.
IX. What advice would you give to someone leaving the service?
Keep your head up and never stop trying to succeed -Veteran groups will help you get through and thank-you for your time in service!
X. As a veteran, what/when was your proudest moment?
Being able to represent the veterans in parades - Veteran's Day and Memorial Day - thanking veterans for their service and helping when I can and being a Significant Other for a Best Friend and fellow veteran when he went through the Alcohol and Substance Abuse program at the local VA - what a tear jerker that was at times.
Here you are, speaking to thousands of veterans. What would you like to tell them?
Thank -you all for you time in service - Welcome home and God Bless You and God Bless America.
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