Students wrote about something they learned about their veteran from the interviews.
Dick Phillips, a very interesting and grounded man was quite possibly the most astonishing person I've met so far in my life. Not only was he in infantry, he also served in the hospital back in the U.S. for wounded soldiers after he had came back Vietnam. His life before the war was very normal, steady, and education filled. He had went to business school in Grand Island, and had just graduated in May before being drafted into the U.S. Army in November of 1967 when he was only 20 years old.
Mr. Phillips was drafted into Vietnam, and had been assigned to protect the camp hillside. One day, as he was patrolling his perimeter with his fellow army men, there was a surprise attack by Vietcong. It went by quickly, flashes and gunshots, blurred vision and searing pain. Mr. Phillips had been injured by flying shrapnel, the material taking a chunk out of his leg, and the rest of the fragments shooting up onto his back. He had immediately been life-lighted back to base, along with 31 other men, two of which had died before coming home.
Today I have learned about my veteran that he has traveled around the world. He has been to lots of countries. Derek said that their training was like making and setting up bombs underneath the ocean a few hundred feet down. What they did for fun on the weekends or when they had free time the went to the bar or just hung out around camp. When they got free time and worked hard they sometimes went to a nice restaurants if they went somewhere.
Today I learned lots about Allan! My favorite story he told was about him finding out he was on the gold team for shooting. He said he turned around and seen the american flag which meant he was on the gold team. He said it was something he’ll never forget and that it was one of the greatest moment of his life. I’ll never forget it either, because of how cool of a story it was!