James K. Gardner (Class of 1965) oral history and papers relating to the Vietnam War
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This collection is contains an oral history interview of James K. Gardner (Class of 1965) by Professor Elizabeth Taylor on January 28, 2011 as part of the Vietnam Veteran's oral history project at Brown University. In the interview he relates his memories of Brown University during his undergraduate and graduate school days, noting how thing changed from 1965 to 1968. A majority of the interview focuses on his experiences as a Lieutenant in the Navy's Civil Engineer Corps before and during his assignment to Vietnam and the war. During the war he served in the Military Assistance Command, Vietnam – Studies and Observations Group (MACV-SOG), a highly classified, multi-service United States special operations unit which, among other things, conducted covert unconventional warfare operations prior to and during the Vietnam War. A survey of questions to prompt James K. Gardner's memory include his initial responses, amended by Prof. Taylor with notes relevant to the question selected from the interview.
John Henry Hartman (Class of 1964) memoir relating to the Vietnam War
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This collection contains a typed memoir written by John H. Hartman for his children and grandchildren about his experiences during the Vietnam War. He titled it: “Once a Marine - 1 June 1964 to 31 December 1969.” The memoir starts with his Navy Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship at Brown University then discusses his training in the United State Marine Corps as a helicopter pilot, his experiences during his tour of duty in Vietnam flying H-46 helicopters as a member of Marine Medium Helicopter Squadron 165 (HMM-165), his return the the United States and his service as a helicopter flight instructor, and finally his transition to civilian life. Hartman also gives his opinions about the strategic and tactical decisions of the Vietnam War and the lessons that should have been learned.