Interviews tagged "Military Service (Navy)"

  • Oral History Interview with John Donovan

    Donovan, John Interview Abstract 1. Growing Up in Boston 2. ROTC at Holy Cross 3. Initial Impresisons of Vietnam 4. Riverine Warfare 5. Losing Faith in Vietnam and Subsequent Reading 6. Post-Navy Transition Period 7. Working in Education and Outdoor Programs 8. Consulting in Southeast Asia and Philanthropy in Vietnam
  • Oral History Interview with John de Regt

    De Regt, John Interview Abstract: 1. Childhood and Coming to Dartmouth 2. Navy ROTC and Campus Political Climate 3. Serving as Gunnery Officer on the USS Sarsfield 4. Service in the Mediterranean 5. Teaching and Civilian Life
  • Oral History Interview with Douglas Cooper

    Cooper, Douglas Interview Abstract: 1. Childhood in Ohio and Time at Dartmouth 2. Officer Candidate School in Newport, RI 3. First Tour on the USS Morton and the “Third” Gulf of Tonkin Incident 4. Second Tour 5. Law School and Civilian Life
  • Oral History Interview with Nicholas Steffen

    Nicholas J. Steffen, Dartmouth College Class of 1966. Oral history interview documenting his service in the United States Navy during the Vietnam War. Steffen discusses his experience at Dartmouth, including participation in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) and campus radio. He describes his military service, including service on the USS Lexington; flight training at Naval Air Station Pensacola; assignment to the naval aviation squadron VXN-8 (initially known as VX-8); deployment to Tan Son Nhut Air Base, Vietnam; service during the fall of Saigon; service as a designated instructor pilot, head instructor, standardization officer, and operations officer at the Naval Air Facility in Detroit, Michigan; deployment to Naval Air Station Cubi Point, the Philippines; and service at the Naval Air Facility at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. Steffen discusses his retirement from the Navy and his later work for Henson Airlines.
  • Oral History Interview with Jeff Rogers

    Jeffrey L. Rogers, Dartmouth College Class of 1966. Rogers’ father was friend to Richard M. Nixon and secretary of state under his administration. At Dartmouth he played intramural sports, was the president of his fraternity, majored in History, and was a Senior Fellow. He talks about the spirit of activism surrounding the civil rights movement and the Vietnam war while at Dartmouth. Rogers attended Harvard Medical School but dropped out after the first year. He applied to Officer Candidate School [OCS] in the Navy to avoid being drafted into the Army while still serving. Rogers did well in OCS and trained in navigation. In Vietnam, he served as a navigator, an officer of the deck, and a landing signals officer aboard the USS Repose, a hospital ship. Rogers describes the ship and the operations aboard. For his second year of active duty he was stationed in the Pentagon. Afterwards he attended Yale Law School, a part of the class of 1973, where he befriended the Clintons. He then became a manager of an office in Portland, Oregon and retired as a lawyer in 2004. Rogers obtained a master’s degree in counseling, becoming a mental health counselor. He currently works as a counselor with combat vets, specifically focusing on PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder]. Rogers discusses Watergate, government, recent wars, and returning to Vietnam in 2004, with his son.
  • Oral History Interview with Arnold Resnicoff

    Arnold E. Resnicoff. Class of 1968. Oral history interview documenting his career at Dartmouth, his experience in the Vietnam War, and his 25 years of service as a Rabbi in the Navy. Resnicoff was a drama major, was in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, and participated in the Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) on campus. He spent his junior year abroad in Israel on a kibbutz and participated in a language immersion exchange program in France during his senior year. While in Vietnam Resnicoff was assigned as the Jewish lay leader to his unit and befriended the Episcopal chaplain who encouraged him to pursue a career as a rabbi. Resnicoff attended the Jewish Theological Seminary of America and reentered the Navy as a Rabbi where he worked for 25 years. One of his assignments was to the U.S. 6th Fleet during the 1983 Beirut barracks bombing. He gave the opening prayer for the Vietnam Veterans Memorial, November 13, 1982.
  • Oral History Interview with Joseph Picken

    Joseph C. Picken III. Dartmouth College Class of 1965 and Tuck Class of 1966. Oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Picken describes growing up in Ames, Iowa. He explains how he discovered Dartmouth and his arrival to campus. Picken describes wearing a freshman beanie, playing freshman lacrosse, rowing for the crew team, and road trips to other colleges. Picken discusses what the Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) program was like on campus and during his summer trainings. He describes how he would find ways to skirt the rules during his NROTC trainings. Picken describes Dartmouth campus culture and the climate on campus as the war was building up. He discusses flight training school in Corpus Christie, Texas. Picken describes his experience with the Tuck School of Business 3-2 program, and how different it was than his undergraduate experience. He describes how he paid for his second year of Tuck by working as a computer programmer for Chase Manhattan Bank, writing software on the time-sharing system. Picken explains being assigned to the USS Arneb out of Norfolk, Virginia. He describes his time spent on the USS Goldsborough in the Philippines as an auxiliary engineer. He discusses how the ship was given a Navy Unit Commendation award because of their involvement in the war. Picken shares a memory of his fraternity brother David L. Nicholas, Class of 1966, who was on the Goldsborough with him and was later killed in action. Picken describes life on the ship and the details of his position. He discusses his later post as a commanding officer and the amount of responsibility he had in that role. He describes the difficulty of communicating with his family and friends while on board the ship. Picken discusses his return to Hanover in a position at Creare LLC, his work as a “turnaround” guy, and his return to a Ph.D. program and work as a professor. Picken shares his belief that everyone should be required to serve in the military or a public service position and how much he gained from his experience in the Navy.
  • Oral History Interview with Mike Parker

    Michael W. Parker. Class of 1964. Oral history interview with the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Parker describes his time at Dartmouth and his involvement with the Navy ROTC [Reserve Officers’ Training Corps]. He discusses how he participated in the Navy ROTC program throughout the summer. Parker describes how he was able to walk on to the Dartmouth ski team. He discusses his decision to postpone dental school to join the Navy and his experience being sent to Vietnam. Parker describes working on the staff of Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt Jr.. Parker discusses Admiral Zumwalt’s leadership and the ways in which he believed Zumwalt had transformed the Navy. He discusses his work to control the Mekong Delta in Vietnam while aboard the USS Frigate Bird, performing mine countermeasures and swimmer defense operations. Parker details how the Navy developed riverine warfare during Vietnam. After his time in Vietnam, Parker explains how he attended dental school at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and remained in the U.S. Navy Reserve’s. He describes being offended by the anti-war acts that his fellow classmates participated in rather than attending class while a student at Tufts. Parker shares how he was sent back to the USS Frigate Bird after he completed dental school. He discusses his career after dental school which included teaching for three years with the Navy Officer Candidate School, four years in Scotland, and 11 years teaching for the Naval Postgraduate Dental School.
  • Oral History Interview with Kenneth McGruther

    Kenneth McGruther Interview Abstract: 1. Childhood and Adolescence 2. Experience in Dartmouth’s Navy ROTC Program 3. Campus Political Culture 4. Post-Grad Naval Training 5. Service on the USS Loyalty and USS Hissem 6. Service on the USS Roark 7. Naval War College 8. Civilian Career and Final Thoughts
  • Oral History Interview with Charles Long

    Long, Thomas Interview Abstract 1. Childhood and Political Consciousness in Colorado 2. Time at Dartmouth and Navy ROTC 3. USS Springfield 4. Law Education at Harvard 5. Civilian Career and Final Thoughts
  • Oral History Interview with William Link

    William P. Link. Oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Link discusses his childhood, growing up in Laredo Texas in a family of eleven children. He shares his experience as a white child in a majority Mexican American community. He describes the transition from Texas to the Naval Academy where he attended college. Link shares what was expected of him as a student at the Naval Academy and an experience marching in JFK’s funeral as a midshipman. He describes his semester spent in Peru at the Peruvian Naval Academy. He describes his first assignment on the USS Nicholas, a destroyer out of Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Link was a communications officer. He describes life on ship, his duties, and where the ship traveled. Link discusses command duty officer school in Newport, Rhode Island, prior to his assignment as chief engineer on the anti-submarine destroyer, the USS Brownson. He describes his time at Vietnamese language and counterinsurgency school in Coronado, California. Link discusses his time as an American advisor on a Vietnamese riverboat, Vietnamese ship 229, on the Mekong Delta. He shares his medals and service ribbons from combat. He discusses his experience at Northeastern University working on his master’s degree in business. Link describes his career post graduate school working in computer companies.
  • Oral History Interview with Alan Keiller

    Alan C. Keiller. Dartmouth Class of 1966 and Tuck School of Business Class of 1967. Oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Keiller discusses being one of three boys in his family who attended Dartmouth. Keiller describes his participation in the Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC) while at Dartmouth. He discusses his participation in freshman football. Keiller describes the summer trainings for the NROTC spent in Norfolk, Virginia at the Norfolk Naval Station and Naval Amphibious Base in Little Creek, Virginia. He shares his experience as a student in the 3-2 program at Tuck. Keiller describes getting married upon graduation and being sent to nuclear power school for six months. He describes many technical challenges and advantages of nuclear reactors that powered the Naval ships he worked on. He tells stories about his time on the USS Truxtun. He discusses the difference between the men who operate the nuclear reactors and the enlisted men. Keiller shares stories about his time as an instructor for the Navy in Saratoga Springs, New York. He discusses Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, known as the “father of the nuclear Navy.”
  • Oral History Interview with Calvin Jones

    Calvin C. Jones Jr., Class of 1973. Oral history interview documenting his service in the United States (US) Army during the Vietnam War. Jones describes his upbringing as son of radio operator in the Navy Reserves who served in World War Two [WWII] and Korea. He details his history at Dartmouth College, attending on a Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps (NROTC) scholarship, entering in 1965, receiving suspension in 1966, and returning to Dartmouth in 1971. Jones discusses his induction into the Army in October 1966; basic training at Fort Jackson, South Carolina; training in enlisted ranks as combat engineer at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; and service at Bien Hoa Air Base, Vietnam, in the 1st Cavalry Division (1st Cav, 1st Air Cavalry Brigade), where he was promoted from 1st Lieutenant to Captain. After returning to US, Jones taught at the engineering school at Fort Leonard Wood in Missouri and continued his studies. Jones shares anecdotes of his time in Vietnam, as well as his perspective on the current government and party system, and the early 21st century wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
  • Oral History Interview with Andrew J. Hotaling

    Andrew J. Hotaling, Class of 1965. Oral history interview documenting his experience at Dartmouth College, including membership in Alpha Chi Alpha (AXA), and his service as a naval air fighter during the Vietnam War. Hotaling describes his deployment between November 1971 and 1973, during which he was based at Yankee Station working to bomb the Ho Chi Minh trail. He discusses training in the Flight Indoctrination Program (FIP) in the Naval Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (NROTC). Hotaling details post-war experiences, including studying to become a doctor, and returning to Vietnam to visit the Hanoi Hilton and meet with Douglas B. “Pete” Peterson, the American Ambassador to Vietnam.
  • Oral History Interview with Stephen Hayes

    Hayes, Stephen Interview Abstract 1. Childhood in Delaware 2. Coming to Dartmouth 3. Training at OCS 4. Naval Service in Japan and Vietnam 5. Life and Career Post-Vietnam
  • Oral History Interview with Robert Field

    Robert Field Jr., Class of 1965. Oral history interview documenting Field’s naval service as a Junior Officer in the Combat Information Center aboard the USS Long Beach, serving in Vietnam from 1965-67. Field describes his experience in the Gulf of Tonkin (Yankee Station), his daily activities aboard the ship, and the increased bombing efforts against the North Vietnamese. He discusses the treatment of Vietnam veterans in the United States.
  • Oral History Interview with John Everett

    John Everett Jr., Class of 1968. Oral history interview documenting Everett’s naval service as a Junior Officer aboard the USS Gallup in Cam Rahn Bay, Vietnam, from 1969-1970. Everett talks about the camaraderie at the Officer Candidate School in Newport, Rhode Island, as well as the atmosphere aboard the USS Gallup, including incidents of racism. Everett also discusses his ship’s role in the denouement of Operation Market Time, the increasing Vietnamization of the conflict and the impact popular protests in the United States had on morale and resolve. He comments on his reintegration into society, and his personal experience with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
  • Oral History Interview with Charles (Gregory) Eden

    Charles Gregory Eden. Class of 1966. Oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Eden describes growing up in Nebraska in a series of small towns until high school when he attended school in Omaha. He describes being focused on academics in high school. Eden discusses being a very involved student leader, living in Russell Sage Hall and becoming dorm chairman. He shares his experiences in the Green Key Society, Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity, an announcer for the Dartmouth Band, his involvement in the Dartmouth College Radio, president of the Interfraternity Council, Palaeopitus Senior Society, and the Navy Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. Eden describes his relationship with president John Sloan Dickey and John George Kemeny. Eden describes how he was selected as the senior class speaker and shares how he got in trouble due to the content of his speech, Dartmouth’s lack of diversity. Eden describes attending flight training school in Pensacola, Florida and basic jet training in Meridian, Mississippi, prior to being sent Kingsville, Texas for advanced jet training. He shares how he was then stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana, near Virginia Beach, Virginia. Eden discusses being placed in what was called Attack Squadron 42, which was a Replacement Air Group. Eden describes being in Attack Squadron 85, known as the Black Falcons while stationed in Vietnam. He describes the sophistication of the A6 he flew and what was involved when dropping ordnance. He discusses how he went on to the University of Virginia Law School after he left the Navy. Eden describes working for Kutak Rock LLP, and later becoming an investment banker. Eden describes his involvement in the Society of Mutual Friends at Dartmouth.
  • Oral History Interview with Rick Detwiler

    Detweiler, Richard Interview Abstract 1. Early Childhood and Coming to Dartmouth with ROTC 2. College Experience 3. Transitioning into the Navy 4. Field Advising in Vietnam 5. Serving as a Naval Race Relations Specialist 6. Graduate School and Joining the Peace Corps 7. Additional Travel and Settling Down
  • Oral History Interview with Randall Cooper

    Cooper, Randall Interview Abstract 1. Adolescence 2. Coming to Dartmouth and NROTC Courses 3. Select Experiences from NROTC 4. Assignment to the USS Zellars and Graduation 5. Assignment to the USS Du Pont 6. Leaving the Navy and Final Thoughts
  • Oral History Interview with Douglas Coonrad

    Douglas V. Coonrad, Class of 1967. Oral history interview documenting his college experience, including participation in the Dartmouth Outing Club (DOC) (specifically climbing) and the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC); flight training and his time on an air base in Da Nang, Vietnam; his service in the Philippines; and the effect of the Vietnam War after returning to the United States. Specifically, Coonrad discusses his job as a lawyer and community member, dealings with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), and as a post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) counselor. He shares his perspective on leadership and government throughout and following his service.
  • Oral History Interview with George Cooke

    Cooke, George Interview Abstract 1. Cooke Family’s Cultural Context and Early Childhood 2. Choosing Dartmouth 3. Pastimes at Dartmouth/NROTC 4. Social Change and Popular Culture While at Dartmouth 5. Orders to Vietnam 6. Working with the South Vietnamese Army 7. Broad Conditions in Vietnam/Horrors of War 8. Witnessing the Fall’s “Dress Rehearsal” 9. Life After the War
  • Oral History Interview with Robert (Scott) Cheyne

    Cheyne, Scott Interview Abstract 1. Childhood in Massachusetts 2. Studying at Dartmouth and Social Life on Campus 3. Military Training/OCS 4. Arriving in Vietnam and Adapting to the Bombing Halt 5. Daily Duties 6. Returning from Vietnam and Reassignment to Rhode Island 7. Leaving the Navy and Subsequent Career
  • Oral History Interview with Donald Bross

    Dr. Donald C. Bross. Class of 1964. Oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Bross discusses growing up in Denver, Colorado. He describes his relationship with his mother, a women he describes as ahead of her time. He explains how he became involved with the military and his participation in the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC) in high school and later at Dartmouth. He describes his relationship with his uncle Jim and shares stories of Jim’s career in the military. He explains how he knew from an early age that if he wanted to go to college he would have to work hard and find a way to get there on his own, therefore his involvement in ROTC. He describes his time spent in high school working, studying, and participating in the chess club, school senate, becoming an Eagle Scout, and other activities. Bross describes his experience in the Boy Scouts of America and shares stories about his scout leader. Bross describes how he discovered Dartmouth and how 14 other men from Denver also attended Dartmouth during his time. He describes living in Russell Sage Hall, at the time known as Bear Farm or Yellowstone the Second. He discusses the frat system, and socio-economic differences on campus. Bross discusses his summer spent with the Navy ROTC in Florida and his experience flying. Bross describes his experience as a student abroad in Peru. He explains that his time in Peru, growing up in Colorado, career as a Dartmouth student, participation in President Kennedy’s People to People Student Ambassador Program Alliance for Progress in Latin America, and military experience at a young age all contributed to his unique perspective as an enlisted officer. He discusses his first assignment in the Navy, and his experience on a Swift boat in Vietnam. He describes the experience of losing his friend William B. Nickerson, Class of 1964, who died in Vietnam. Bross describes the importance of water transport as it relates to the economy and the Navy. He discusses his experience in graduate school and his career in family psychiatry and child abuse. He shares stories about his mentors from college and his career, in particular, Henry C. Kempe.
  • Oral History Interview with Rand Beers

    Beers, Rand Interview Abstract: 1. Adolescence in a Military Family 2. Time at Dartmouth and Military Training 3. Vietnam Tour and Extension 4. Transition to Civilian life and Joining the State Department 5. Vietnam’s Impact on Later National Conflicts 6. Experiences with the Second Gulf War 7. Leaving the Bush Administration for the Kerry Campaign 8. Time in the Obama Administration