Oral History Interview: Paul Wisovaty
Paul Wisovaty was hanging out in pool halls in Taylorville, Illinois when he was drafted into the military in 1966.
In 1968, he served six months as a radio operator in an armored personnel carrier during the Vietnam War.
Instead of re-enlisting, he was admitted to the University of Illinois where he learned more about the Vietnam War and participated in anti-war protests. Wisovaty later joined Vietnam Veterans Against the War.
He now talks to high school students about the Vietnam War and raises money for scholarships for veteran’s children as a member of the Polish Legion for American Veterans. Being a veteran is still an integral part of his life.
He discusses how his experience has changed his outlook on the world.
Central Illinois Vietnam Stories - Paul Wisovaty
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