Vietnam War

Oral History Interview: Daniel Kennedy

Daniel Kennedy

Daniel Kennedy Tim Meyers/Illinois Public Media

Daniel Kennedy served in the Army as an air cavalry officer during the Vietnam War from 1969 - 1976.

He served as an adjutant in the United States making phone calls to soldiers telling them when they were going to be shipped to Vietnam. But he never went to Vietnam himself, as his orders to go were rescinded. He experienced survivor’s guilt until the moment his son was born.  

Once, while wearing his Army greens, Kennedy was called a “baby killer” and confronted at a bar.  

Despite this, he remains proud of his service and says the time he served was the greatest seven years of his life.

Central Illinois Vietnam Stories - Daniel Kennedy