Groothuis, Larry (Interview outline and video), 2011

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Title

Groothuis, Larry (Interview outline and video), 2011

Contributor

Smither, James (Interviewer)

Description

Larry Groothuis was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan in 1943. He was drafted into the Army late in 1966. During basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky, he was selected to go to Fort Gordon, Georgia, for training as a teletype operator, and from there was sent to Fort Huachuca, Arizona, where he served until late in 1967, when his communications company received orders for Vietnam. The unit went by ship, arriving in Vietnam in January, just before the Tet Offensive. His unit initially coordinated communications between the 1st Cavalry Division and other units while based at An Khe, but soon moved north to Phu Bai, and Groothuis was promoted and put in charge of the communications net for all of I Corps. He remained at Phu Bai for the rest of his tour, but made regular trips to other bases by helicopter with his company commander, and also periodically traveled with road convoys simply to get off the base. The base itself was relatively secure, but subject to regular mortar and rocket attacks, one of which killed one of his friends, and periodic sapper attacks.

Date

2011-06-17

Rights

Publisher

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

Relation

Veterans History Project (U.S.)

Identifier

GroothuisL1119V

Format

application/pdf
video/mp4

Type

Moving Image
Text

Language

eng

Citation

Groothuis, Larry, “Groothuis, Larry (Interview outline and video), 2011,” Digital Collections, accessed April 24, 2024, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/28946.
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