Brinn, Joseph (Interview transcript and video), 2010

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Brinn, Joseph (Interview transcript and video), 2010

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Smither, James (Interviewer)

Description

Joe Brinn was born in 1950 in Virginia and eventually moved with his family to Michigan, where he grew up. He got married at age 16 and dropped out of high school, and a year later decided to join the military. He received basic training at Ft. Knox, and then Ft. Rucker to train as a Helicopter Crew Chief. He landed in Pleiku, Vietnam, in 1968 and was assigned to the 77th Air Cavalry which was attached to the 4th Infantry Division and worked as a crew chief. His unit did "hunt/kill" missions and he did maintenance on the aircraft as well. During his time in Vietnam, he flew many combat missions, notably over Dak To, but he was never wounded; although there were many close calls. Mr. Brinn was awarded a Bronze Star after for repelling down from a helicopter to recover a lost aircraft, which he found out crashed; and even though there were no survivors he secured the bodies. After Vietnam, he continued his military career, eventually becoming a warrant officer and helicopter pilot, and retired after twenty years.

Date

2010-06-30

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Publisher

Grand Valley State University. University Libraries. Special Collections & University Archives

Relation

Veterans History Project (U.S.)

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BrinnJ0032V

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application/pdf
video/mp4

Type

Moving Image
Text

Language

eng

Citation

Brinn, Joseph, “Brinn, Joseph (Interview transcript and video), 2010,” Digital Collections, accessed February 21, 2024, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/27146.
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