Daniel Kennedy
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December 22, 2015

[Vietnam] Oral History Interview: Daniel Kennedy

Daniel Kennedy served as an adjutant in the Army from 1969 – 1976 and was also an aviator. He made phone calls to young men telling them when they were going to be deployed in Vietnam. Kennedy himself was never deployed, and suffered “survivor’s guilt” for several years.

Central Illinois Vietnam Stories - Daniel Kennedy


Randall Richardson
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December 22, 2015

[Vietnam] Oral History Interview: Randall Richardson

Randall Richardson served as an Army infantry platoon leader during the Vietnam War from 1969-1971. He survived combat and a life- threatening note from one of his soldiers and fired upon a group of Montagnards. He’s a better father and worker as a result of his military training.

Central Illinois Vietnam Stories - Randall Richardson


Timothy Kendall
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December 22, 2015

[Vietnam] Oral History Interview: Timothy Kendall

During the Vietnam War, Timothy Kendall was a student at Notre Dame where his thinking about the war evolved gradually until he became a pacifist. He was later imprisoned after refusing to comply with the draft.

Central Illinois Vietnam Stories - Timothy Kendall


Richard Hertel
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December 21, 2015

[Vietnam] Oral History Interview: Richard Hertel

Richard Hertel served in the Army as a personnel clerk and chapel organist in Phu Loi during the Vietnam War from 1969 to 1970.  Upon returning home, he started a long journey of divorcing his wife, separating from his daughter and coming out as a gay man.

Central Illinois Vietnam Stories - Richard Hertel


Terry Hairrell
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December 21, 2015

[Vietnam] Oral History Interview: Terry Hairrell

Terry Hairrell of Waukegan, Illinois served in the Army from 1967 – 1969.  While on combat missions in Vietnam, he was awarded a Purple Heart.  His war experiences scarred him deeply; but with help of a loving wife, he has recovered to make meaning of his experiences with those he served.

Central Illinois Vietnam Stories - Terry Hairrell


Ut Ha
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December 21, 2015

[Vietnam] Oral History Interview: Ut Ha

Ut Ha grew up in Da Lat Vietnam, one of eight children, in the 1960s and 1970s.  She survived multiple acts of war, invasion and displacement.  In 1990, she moved to the United States with her husband, Bon Bui, a former prisoner of war.  

Central Illinois Vietnam Stories - Ut Ha


Bon Bui
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December 21, 2015

[Vietnam] Oral History Interview: Bon Bui

Bon Bui was born in Quảng Bình, Vietnam in 1946 and fled to the South during the war.  He became a South Vietnamese Marine during the war and was trained by US forces in the United States. After Saigon fell in 1975, he become a prisoner of war for 10 years before finally relocating to America under an asylum program. Bui recounts the atrocities of war first hand.  

Central Illinois Vietnam Stories - Bon Bui


Thomas Boaz
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December 21, 2015

[Vietnam] Oral History Interview: Thomas Boaz

While the Vietnam War raged on, 18-year-old Thomas Boaz from Decatur, Illinois was living as an exchange student in post-WWII Germany.  Required by law to register for the draft, he did so as a non-combative conscientious objector and later became a nonpolitical pacifist.

Central Illinois Vietnam Stories - Thomas Boaz


A still from a studio interview at WILL-TV.
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December 21, 2015

[Vietnam] Oral History Interview: Steve Allen

Steve Allen of Newman, Illinois was a combat Marine infantry officer who served in the Vietnam War from 1970-1971. He attributes his Christian faith to keeping himself and his men alive and helping him make moral decisions during the hell of war.

Central Illinois Vietnam Stories - Steve Allen


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