Kloet, Ronald (Interview outline and video, 1 of 3), 2011

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Kloet, Ronald (Interview outline and video, 1 of 3), 2011

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Smither, James (Interviewer)
WKTV (Wyoming, Mich.)

Description

Ron Kloet was born on August 8th, 1936 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduating from high school and briefly attending Davenport University, Kloet enlisted in the Air Force in 1955. After completing his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas, Kloet transferred to nearby Kelly Air Force Base for "radio intercept traffic analyst" training. Once he completed the training at Kelly, Kloet deployed to Shiroi Air Force Base in Japan. Because advancement in his branch was difficult, once his two-year deployment was complete, Kloet chose to get out of the Air Force and enrolled at Michigan State University to study for a Russian degree. After completing his Bachelor's Degree, Kloet briefly thought about continuing for a Master's Degree but instead decided to take a job working for the CIA. However, the job was not what Kloet had expected, so he eventually re-enlisted in the Army and after leaving the CIA and receiving additional training at Fort Devens, Massachusetts, Kloet deployed to Germany. Kloet moved around several units in Germany, eventually ending up as the de facto leader of a detachment in a town outside of Frankfurt. However, that was not the work Kloet expected to do, so he put in a transfer request to Vietnam and after training at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, deployed to Vietnam. Once in Vietnam, Kloet stayed in Saigon working as part of the intelligence services, creating reports about enemy infiltration rates and troop strengths. After his tour, Kloet returned to Fort Bragg in March 1968, missing the Tet Offensive before deploying for a second tour as an intelligence advisor at a province capital. (see parts 2 and 3 for rest of career)

Date

2011-02-24

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

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Veterans History Project (U.S.)

Identifier

KloetR1071V1

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application/pdf
video/mp4

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Moving Image
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Language

eng

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Kloet, Ronald, “Kloet, Ronald (Interview outline and video, 1 of 3), 2011,” Digital Collections, accessed May 25, 2024, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/29127.
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