Category Archives: Vietnam War (1961-1975)

Interviews with Vietnam War Veterans

Darren Walton

Darren L. Walton U.S. Marine Corps, Corporal, E-4 I Corp, Da Nang Vietnam War (1968-1970)  Darren Walton was born in San Francisco, California on March 12, 1950 to a father who was a machinist and a mother who danced ballet.  … Continue reading

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Dr. Joseph Juan Alcedo Jr.

Dr. Joseph Juan Alcedo Jr. U.S. Navy – Hospital Corpsman 2nd Class USS Tryon (APH-1), Attached to 7th Marine Regiment,1st Marine Division World War II (1942-1945) U.S. Navy – Chief Warrant Officer, Korean War (1950-1953), Vietnam War (1963-1965) & Navy … Continue reading

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Jack Conrad Potter

Jack Conrad Potter Colonel – US Army;124th Regimental Combat Team, Company E (World War II);124th Combat Support Battalion (Korean War); and Army Air Force Exchange Service (Vietnam War) (1941-1974) Jack Potter, a career military man, not only fought in three … Continue reading

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Mark C. B. Klunk

Mark C. B. Klunk Colonel – U.S Army; Deputy Post Commander and Post Comptroller, Presidio, San Francisco World War II, Korean War and Vietnam War (1941-1968) Pearl Harbor Survivor Mark Klunk walked out of the chapel after Sunday morning serv … Continue reading

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Tom Taylor

Tom Taylor Captain – U.S. Army Infantry 101st Airborne Division, 2nd Battalion 502nd Parachute Infantry Vietnam War (1965 – 1968) Thomas H. Taylor was a Captain in the U.S. Army Infantry during the Vietnam War. He was awarded the Silver … Continue reading

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Ray James Mullin

Ray James Mullin Serviceman, Second Class-U.S. Navy USS Coral Sea Vietnam War (1970-1979) Ray Mullin was born in San Francisco on October 10, 1952. He spent his childhood in San Francisco and moved to Marin County when he was sixteen … Continue reading

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George B. Skinner

George B. Skinner Lieutenant Colonel – US Army, Army Corps of Engineers Korean & Vietnam Wars (1951-1972) George B. Skinner was born in the small town of Monroe, Virginia on May 18, 1927.  His mother was a homemaker and his … Continue reading

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Howard Joseph Pierson

Howard Joseph Pierson Lieutenant Colonel  US Navy: World War II (1944-1946) US Air Force:  Korea, Vietnam, and Cold War (1951-1979) Howard Joseph Pierson was born in Bloomfield, New Jersey in August 1927.  His father was a motion picture operator and … Continue reading

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James Betting Geiger, M.D.

James Betting Geiger, MD Colonel, U.S. Army World War II, Korean and Vietnam Wars (1944-1970) Mr. James Geiger is a self proclaimed Pennsylvania Dutchman.  He was born September 21, 1925 in Connellsville Pennsylvania, where he grew up as well.  His … Continue reading

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James Stein

James Stein Captain – U.S. Army, 335th Assault Helicopter Company (Cowboys) and 7th of 17th Air Calvary (Ruthless  Riders) Vietnam War (1966-1974) James Stein was born in Lehi, Utah on December 28 1946, but by the time he entered high … Continue reading

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John Roush

John Roush Colonel -U.S. Army, 83rd Infantry Division & Army Military Police World War II (1942-1975) It was a cold, miserable night in Europe when John Roush and another six riflemen were on patrol in the woods.  They carried weapons, … Continue reading

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Frank Takaji Yamamoto

Frank Takaji Yamamoto US Army & US Army Reserves, Military Intelligence Service World War II (1944-1947) – 1st Lieutenant Korean & Vietnam Wars (Inactive Duty 1947-1968) – Major Frank Takaji Yamamoto of Mill Valley, California had a long and active … Continue reading

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Ernest Bergman

Ernest Bergman U.S. Navy, Quartermaster, E-5 USS Windham County, USS Kemper County & USS Thomaston Vietnam War (1966-1972) Ernest Bergman, a Marin native, is a courageous veteran of the Vietnam War.  Bergman enlisted in the military while still in high … Continue reading

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Joseph M. Bilitzke

Joseph M. Bilitzke Chief Warrant Officer – U.S. Army Aviation Vietnam (1966-1969), Operation Desert Storm (1990-1991), & Operation Enduring Freedom/GWOT (2000-2006) Joseph (Joe) M. Bilitzke, of San Anselmo, California, is a distinguished career military officer.  Bilitzke served in the Army, both … Continue reading

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Robert Gonzalez

Robert E. Gonzalez U.S. Airforce, Captain, Accounting & Finance Officer (AFO) Vietnam War (1964 – 1970) The Cold War was the continuing state from roughly 1946 to 1991 of political conflict, military tension and economic competition between the Soviet Union … Continue reading

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Vincent Clarke

Vincent Clarke Air Force 44th Infantry Division, 31 Air Command Group, 8th Fighter Group World War II, Korean & Vietnam Wars Vincent J. Clarke was born on September 3rd, 1922 in Bridgeton, NJ. His parents were farmers to start but … Continue reading

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William Kaefer

William Kaefer US Navy: USS Sabalo (SS- 302), USS Pintado (SSN- 672) Vietnam (1966-1970) William Kaefer was born in Chicago in 1943. He considers himself a “war baby” because he was born during WWII. His dad was a small business … Continue reading

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Deborah McFarland

Deborah McFarland USO Performer, Bob Hope USO Tours Vietnam War (1968 & 1969) Not all people can claim to have been a part of history. Growing up in Southern California as the daughter of a store owning father and a … Continue reading

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Richard West

Richard West Lieutenant Commander – U.S. Army Dentistry Vietnam War (1969 & 1970), Treasure Island (1970-1972) Not all members of the military wield guns. Some work behind the scenes in roles that are, though less flashy, certainly not less important. … Continue reading

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Anthony Lazzarini

Anthony Lazzarini U.S. Army, 25th Aviation Battalion, “A” Company, “Little Bear” Assault Helicopter Company Vietnam War (1965-1968) Flew In Over 250 Combat Missions as a Helicopter Door Gunner and Received 11 Air Medals with 3 for Valor Anthony Lazzarini is … Continue reading

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Richard Robert Southon

Richard Robert Southon United StatesAir Force Staff Sergeant in the 8th Air Force 99th Bombardment Wing Served From 1966-1970 Richard Robert Southon was born in Chicago, Illinois on March 5th, 1943. Southon lived in Chicago throughout his childhood as well. … Continue reading

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Garry Sebring

Garry Sebring U.S. Navy, Beach Jumpers Unit 1 Vietnam War (1962-1966) Garry Sebring had big shoes to fill when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy in 1962 and was assigned to the Beach Jumpers Unit.  Although he was not a … Continue reading

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Barbara Bitgood Sebring

Barbara Bitgood Sebring U.S. Navy, WAVES, Hospital Corpsman – E-3 Vietnam War (1962-1964) Not all women wore love beads in the Sixties.  Many women, like Barbara Bitgood Sebring, served our country during the Vietnam War and proudly wore dog tags … Continue reading

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William Palmer

William Palmer U.S. Airforce, Lieutenant Colonel (1942-1972), World War II, Korean War & Vietnam War From North Africa to the Pentagon to the Skies over Vietnam.  Bill Palmer flew mostly P-38s during World War II, spent most of the Korean … Continue reading

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George E. Grandemange

George E. Grandemange U.S. Army Medic, 93rd Evacuation Hospital Vietnam War (1967-1968) Meritorious Unit Citation Born in San Francisco, California on April 6, 1944, George E. Grandemange was welcomed into a family with past veterans. Grandemange’s uncle served in World … Continue reading

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Howard Pierson

U.S. Air Force, Lieutenant Colonel and U.S. Navy, Deck Aide World War II (1944-1946), Korean and Vietnam Wars (1951-1979) Howard Pierson went from the Navy in World War II to the pilot’s seat over Korea, Japan, Vietnam, Laos, Thailand and … Continue reading

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