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  • Text: ...ichigan • Went to Warren Fitzgerald Junior High and High School • (2:10) Played saxophone in the band-very interested in music • John says his IQ 176 • Graduated with a 3.9GPA-didn’t study (4:00) University of Michigan 1966 • Music Major • John talks about his study h...
Salistian Jr., John (Interview outline and video), 2007

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  • Text: ... prisoners for Sunday services -Most likely because the chapel had eight air conditioners -Noticed some of the prisoners had musical talent -Brought some instruments to the prison so the prisoners could play during services -His chaplain’s assistant was an excellent guitarist -Played ...
Swim, Vernon G (Interview outline and video), 2016

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  • Text: ...nge that the people trying to kill you in war don’t even know you; hard to rationalize and justify (00:17:45)  Uses his music to get through his struggles after the War; needs to focus on something else (00:18:40)  Gets better over the years, easier to deal with   Might be ...
Jones, Bert R., II (Interview outline and video), 2008

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  • Text: ...Lived with his mom in the same house for 57 years before selling it. From an early age he loved music. Went to grade school and high school in Berkley. Graduated Berkley High School in 1965. Briefly mentions his sports activities in school. (03:10) Pre-enlistment Years (03:15) • Dean me...
Dean, Douglas G. (Interview outline and video), 2007

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  • Text: ...arged. (6:00)  While working he had been exposed to Black service members from the city who he recalled would always play music they commonly heard in New York. He did not care for it. (7:20)  Arapaho and Apaches where also enlisted in the military and often these two groups would get...
Fortier, Harry L. (Interview outline and video), 2011

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  • Text: ...hen he returned home he was allowed to bring a little less than 400 pounds of souvenirs -He had bought a high end stereo and music, so he brought that home with him (00:19:52) Arrival in Vietnam -His first thought upon arriving in Vietnam was that it was warm -He met a soldier from Battle C...
Jerzyk, Benjamin (Interview outline and video), 2014

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  • Text: ...heir base camp -Saw Japanese girl bands that were performing for the troops -Didn’t understand the lyrics, but enjoyed the music -Went water skiing on the Saigon River -Both activities were part of two three day in country R&Rs (00:40:20) Prostitution, Drugs, and General Morale -Sol...
Pittman, James (Interview outline and video), 2014

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  • Text: ...-Troops had been deployed out of Fort Knox to deal with riots in the cities -He stayed in the day room and played music to pass the time -Majority of black soldiers and even some white soldiers didn’t want to go to the cities -Discharged in August 1968 -Army encouraged him to leave (01:05...
Billingslea, Thornell (Interview outline and video), 2016

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  • Text: ...e in the rear for a stand down -It was a chance to clean up -Chance to drink beer, eat steak, there was plenty of marijuana, music, and movies -Stand downs only lasted about two or three days (00:58:25) Racial Tensions, Drug Use, and Morale Problems -There were only two black soldiers in hi...
Vanden Hout, James (Interview outline and video), 2015

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  • Text: ...I didn’t have very much money, it was just the whole thing, Amsterdam, it was the start of the music thing—I didn’t—I was just a--I just loved the music, I liked all the women in Amsterdam, I liked the drinking and all that, but to me the music was the most—the g...
Toms, Alan (Interview transcript and video, 1 of 2), 2011

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  • Text: ...They actually required me to take four or five days off and I stay right there in base camp and listen to music, I‟d listen to music and go to the NCO club. 45:00 22 Interviewer: One of the sort of standard critiques, largely cliché, about the soldiers in Vietnam, and so fort...
Brinn, Joseph (Interview transcript and video), 2010
Joe Lange was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan on October 9th, 1947. After graduating high school, Lange married and briefly attended college before getting a full-time job and receiving his draft notice. After receiving his draft noticed, Lange went through basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky and advanced training at Fort Belvoir, Virginia to be a generator mechanic. Once he completed the training at Fort Belvoir, Lange returned home before deploying to Vietnam to serve for a year in the 124th Signal Battalion of the 4th Infantry Division.
Lange, Joesph (Interview transcript and video), 2011