Dykema, Leslie (Interview transcript and video), 2011

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Dykema, Leslie (Interview transcript and video), 2011

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Smither, James (Interviewer)

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Les Dykema was born in 1949 and few up in Hudsonville, Michigan. He tried college, but did not do well in his first year and in 1968 went ahead and enlisted in the Army and get some choice of assignment rather than wait to be drafted. In basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he found that he did not much like the Army, and got into some trouble, but made it through and went on to Fort Gordon, Georgia, for military police training. Despite a few more run-ins with authority, he completed the training and spent several months there working at a recreation area on the base before going to Vietnam in 1969. He was assigned to an MP unit, and soon got into trouble with his sergeant and captain, and was eventually reassigned to a combat engineer unit in the field. He worked with a demolition squad for some time, including the period of the Cambodian incursion in 1970, before being wounded and sent to Japan to recuperate. He agreed to extend his Vietnam tour in exchange for a month at home and

Date

2011-02-03

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

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Veterans History Project (U.S.)

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DykemaL1011V

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eng

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Dykema, Leslie, “Dykema, Leslie (Interview transcript and video), 2011,” Digital Collections, accessed June 25, 2024, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/28852.
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