Toms, Alan (Interview transcript and video, 1 of 2), 2011

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Toms, Alan (Interview transcript and video, 1 of 2), 2011

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Smither, James (Interviewer)
Kentwood Historic Preservation Commission (Kentwood, Mich.)
WKTV
WKTV (Wyoming, Mich.)

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Alan Toms was born in Toronto, Canada in 1939. Because of his father's occupation, Toms' and his family moved several times while Toms was a child, eventually ending up in Grand Rapids, Michigan. After graduating from high school, Toms attended junior college in Grand Rapids before enrolling at Western Michigan University, although he eventually left the university. After leaving Western Michigan, Toms joined the Army and went through his basic training and armored AIT at Fort Knox, Kentucky. From Fort Knox, Toms deployed to Germany for a three-year tour as part of an armored unit. After his tour in Germany, Toms went to the artillery OCS at Fort Sill, Oklahoma but did not do well and eventually transferred to the 2nd Infantry Division at Fort Benning, Georgia. While at Fort Benning, Toms went through Airborne training before transferring to the 1st Cavalry Division and was with the division when it deployed to Vietnam. While in Vietnam, Toms served as a door gunner aboard a helicopter.

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2011-03-10

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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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TomsA

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video/mp4

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Moving Image
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eng

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Toms, Alan, “Toms, Alan (Interview transcript and video, 1 of 2), 2011,” Digital Collections, accessed April 24, 2024, https://digitalcollections.library.gvsu.edu/document/29467.
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