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  • Description: then went overseas to both North Korea and South Korea. William was involved in various skirmishes during his time serving in the Korean War. After the war, he studied music at Friends University and graduated in 1953. William lives with his family
Crow, William (Interview transcript and video), 2017
David Scherer served in the U.S. Army from 1980 until 1988. He served as a sergeant in the 19th Maintenance Battalion, 302nd Maintenance Battalion, 705th Maintenance Battalion, and the 3rd Infantry Division. He was stationed primarily in Germany and the U.S.
Scherer, David (Interview transcript and video), 2018

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  • Text: as an undergraduate getting more and more radicalized, and then of course that was the same time I became even more aware of the counterculture that was the early going into the mid 60’s. And through music, through pop arts, you know bands like the Beatles and others
Ellis, Roger (Interview transcript and video), 2017

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  • Text: there was a fellow out in California, his name was Judson Cortish, he was not a communicator or anything else but he was– Had a PhD in how the brain works. So his way of explaining this is he says “You know if I said do you know music?” “No, I don’t even know how
Lyssy, Walter (Interview transcript and video), 2017

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  • Text: . And that whole process, of him giving voice to this lament, of using music and finding the supportive community, did what no medication could do for him, no therapy could do. And he is doing well now. I mean, he's doing well. I spoke to him a few weeks ago
Antal, Christopher (Interview transcript and video), 2021

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  • Text: into the valley, out of a foxhole. And I could see a mile away, an Italian farmer came back to his farm home–– [something] his farm home–– and he was singing up a storm. An opera song, you know, they love opera music. He was just as happy as you could get. 24
Erickson, Floyd (Interview transcript and video), 2017
Roger Talmadge started college at the University of Maryland in the fall of 1967. He attended college while also working at Fort Holabird. Roger was promoted to major in 1968. He graduated with his bachelor’s degree in computer science in June 1969. Roger was then transferred to Frankfurt, Germany in 1969 to take charge of Army Security there. He remained in Germany until July 1971. Roger and his wife Charlotte created a travel company while in Germany that they called ‘The Red Bull Express.’ They traveled throughout Europe with soldiers and their families via the travel agency. Roger was sent to do a second tour in Vietnam in July 1971. He was stationed in Saigon, Vietnam and worked at the United States Agency for International Development in management. He left Vietnam in July 1972. While in Vietnam, he was engaged in various projects throughout the country, including rescuing Vietnamese orphans during an Easter offensive early in 1972.
Talmadge, Roger (Interview transcript and video, part 3), 2017

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  • Text: announcer, I understand. And there was two stations. Same thing but they had music on there and news and I am sure they did sports broadcasting and that. And yeah, they had real good radio and jeez, I mean you could put a hat over the whole country, so
Johnson, Chester (Interview transcript and video), 2019

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  • Text: came in to give a talk. And so, we had some music, we had a guy give a little introductory introduction and prayer, we had another guy get up and offer another prayer in Hebrew. Sing some more. And then he was introduced and he got up. He says, “I come
Talmadge, Roger (Interview transcript and video, part 4), 2017
Lee Widjeskog was born in Bridgeton, New Jersey and grew up in that area, finishing high school in 1964. He attended Colorado State University and took ROTC training, and received his commission in the Army in 1969. He took infantry training at Fort Benning, Georgia and jungle training in Panama, and went to Vietnam in April, 1970. He became a platoon leader in A Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Regiment, 101st Airborne Division. His unit patrolled the area near Firebase Ripcord, and was involved in heavy fighting on July 22, when Widjeskog's platoon was separated from the rest of the company for several hours, and the company then had to spend the night in the field behind before being evacuated. For the rest of the summer he operated in the field around Firebase Katherine and Firebase Rakkasan until he was reassigned to the rear in mid-September 1970. He served as the supply officer for Headquarters Company of the 3rd Brigade until he left Vietnam on March 15, 1971. He has been an active member of the Ripcord Association for over twenty years, and he and his wife currently organize the annual reunions.
Widjeskog, Lee (Interview transcript and video), 2014