Richard Hertel recalls first inkling of being different in Vietnam

October 17, 2017
Richard Hertel

Richard Hertel

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Army personnel clerk Richard Hertel of Champaign, Illinois remembers his life-changing epiphany on the plane ride home from Vietnam.

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Oral History Interview: Donald Hyche

Donald Hyche of Champaign, Illinois enlisted in the United States Marine Corps and served as an area door gunner during the Vietnam War from 1970 – 1971.  He reflects on race relations, combat and his recovery from post-traumatic stress disorder.

two women, Constance Edwards in uniform on the right

Oral History Interview: Constance Edwards

Constance Edwards of Frankfort, Illinois served as an officer in the Army Nurse Corps during the Vietnam War from 1966 until 1967.  The United States Army recruited her while she was a student at Tuskegee University in Alabama, where she was born and lived until joining the Army.