The interviews took place in 6 rooms around the high school. We had a few issues with iPad storage but that was easily fixable. After the recorded interviews were done, students and veterans came back to the classroom. While we were waiting for everyone to get done Paul G. opened up the MREs he had brought with him. The following video is the casual and natural conversations that took place in the classroom. There are two conversations going on during the video, on the right is a large group trying the MRE foods and on the left the gentlemen are talking about their time in Vietnam. This is unedited video.
They went to dock at port when they saw this Russian ship. That said on the radio that the ship on the port side wasn't there. And that was his ship and they all had to go to battle stations and they keep trying the throw off their radar by making noises. They fired a dummy missile at his ship and they were about to fire a real missile but they didn't and he had to be at battle stations for three days.
Well I learned a lot yesterday about my veteran Rex Nissan and the bases he served at and had a really fun time while learning about it. He taught me things I didn't know like that there were b52 jets loaded with nukes on stand by. I also learned that boot camp back then was a lot shorter than boot camp is today. And tech school was a lot longer. We shared a lot of laughs talking about the time he served. Overall it was a really fun experience and I would love to do it again.
When they were going the other people put IEDs in the ground. When they go over it
Explode. You can be 18 to join the army. They teach them how to use computers and how to connect the internet. They teach them how to take down someone. They teach them how to found the the people.
We talked about how he and my older brother both went to Fort Sill in Oklahoma. It was cool to think that we have that in common I think that people don’t think too much about how Basic Training is just as important as war itself. My brother is in Basic right now I haven’t been more appreciative of the military in my life.
Well I learned a lot today because of my veteran. We learned about ROTC. I learned about the army reserves and my veteran was and corporal in the army reserve. What did you look forward to the most when you thought about coming home? He said for this answer he could answer it because he didn't have an answer for it.
I think yesterday went tremendously well. I learned things from Ron, my veteran, that I
didn't ever know. I think it is a good thing that we are doing this because I feel as if today's young adults don't know enough about what went on. Such as the Agent Orange. I didn't not know that they used such a harmful chemical to take out the vegetation, causing many defects in our Veterans today.
He said while they were over in Korea they would go and see movies. He said that they saw a lot of the same movie because they would get new guys and they would want to go see it. So he and another guy would hide so they wouldn't have to go.
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!