Interviews

  • Oral History Interview with Peter Barber

    Oral History Interview with Peter Barber

    Peter D. Barber. Class of 1966. Oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Barber discusses his childhood living on the Main Line outside Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He discusses his father, a Dartmouth alum and his involvement in sports prior to his time at Dartmouth. Barber describes his participation with athletics at Dartmouth. He shares stories about his time on the soccer, baseball and basketball teams. Barber describes his relationship with Alden H. “Whitey” Burnham, an influential coach of his. Barber discusses how he struggled with academics and details his relationship with William “Bill” Smoyer, Class of 1967. Barber discusses his marriage four days after graduation and his time spent in graduate school at University of Pennsylvania School of Education. He describes how he had planned to continue on to a PhD program but was drafted instead. Barber describes being sent to Fort Dix and Fort Carson for training. He describes his experience in Vietnam and emphasizes that “everyone’s war is different.” He explains how a mortar round exploded on his unit and how he became permanently injured. Barber describes how his severed spinal cord impacted his life and his feelings about the Vietnam War. Barber shares how he left Vietnam and his experience with the Veterans Affairs hospital in Massachusetts. Barber discusses his depression immediately following his return home. He describes how he and his wife moved to California after he was released from the hospital. Barber explains his participation in antiwar protests with Vietnam Veterans Against the War. He explains how he began working for the Social Security Administration. He shares an account about an antiwar event he participated in with John Kerry and Alan Cranston at Stanford University. Barber mentions his article “Life Support” he wrote in the July-August 2015 Dartmouth Alumni Magazine. https://dartmouthalumnimagazine.com/articles/life-support
  • Oral History Interview with Hoyt Alverson

    Hoyt S. Alverson, Professor Emeritus of Anthropology at Dartmouth College. Oral history interview documenting his experience of the anti-war movement at Dartmouth during the Vietnam War. Alverson describes his early life, including undergraduate studies at George Washington University, graduate studies at Yale University, and graduate research in South Africa. He discusses anti-war initiatives at Dartmouth, including the student occupation of Parkhurst Hall in 1969, as well as the back-to-the-land movement.
  • Oral History Interview with David Barton

    David P. Barton. Class of 1966. Oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Barton describes growing up in Silver Spring, Maryland. Barton shares that he attended Dartmouth because his brother was a student when he applied. He describes being very interested in sports as a child and continued playing tennis as a student at Dartmouth. He also discusses his involvement in the Dartmouth Christian Union, Delta Upsilon fraternity, Cask and Gauntlet, and the foreign study abroad program in France his junior and senior years. He describes his involvement with anti-Vietnam War activism on campus with events such as film screenings and teach-ins. Barton describes a breakfast he shared with Malcolm X when he was living in Cutter Hall at Dartmouth. Barton discusses his experience as a teaching fellow at Philips Andover Academy and as a graduate student at John Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies. He explains how he became involved with the American Friends Service Committee where he and his wife were sent to Quảng Ngãi Province in Vietnam. Barton describes the relationships he had with the Vietnamese people during the war. He discusses how the CIA was torturing political prisoners near the rehabilitation center where he worked. Barton describes how he was called to testify before Lee [H.] Hamilton’s subcommittee in Congress about what he knew of the torture of the political prisoners in Vietnam. Barton explains his involvement in the House-Senate Joint Inquiry into the 9/11/2001, attacks and his relationship with democracy in the United States and U.S. foreign policy.
  • Oral History Interview with Paul Beach

    Beach, Paul Interview Abstract: 1. Childhood and Adolescence in Pennsylvania 2. Coming to Dartmouth 3. Budding Political Consciousness on Campus 4. Post-Grad Anti-War and Labor Activism 5. Arrest and Time in Prison 6. Medical Career and Final Thoughts
  • 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
  • Oral History Interview with Peter Bien

    Bien, Peter Interview Abstract 1. Early Childhood in Queens and Education at Deerfield 2. Transferring from Harvard to Haverford 3. Introduction to Quakerism 4. Obtaining CO Status 5. Return to Europe and Marriage 6. PhD at Columbia and Coming to Dartmouth 7. Campus Atmosphere in the Sixties 8. Debating ROTC Programs at Dartmouth 9. SDS and the Parkhurst Occupation 10. Reactions to the Occupation: Personally, in the Quaker Community, on Campus
  • Oral History Interview with Charles Billo

    Charles G. Billo. Attended Bronxville Schools, Brown University Class of 1964. Billo applied to Navy Office Candidate School, but went to Columbia Business School. Class of 1967, rather than enrolling in OCS. At Columbia Business School Billo also joined Columbia University’s School of International Affairs [now Columbia University's School of International and Public Affairs]. He discusses changing views towards the war while in Graduate School, and then his process of being drafted in 1967. Billo was assigned to the CORDS [Civil Operations and Revolutionary Development Support] program, and was trained in Washington, D.C. He arrived in Vietnam in 1969 as an economic reporting officer, with joint responsibility to the embassy in Saigon and the deputy for CORDS in IV Corps. He was then transferred to Can Tho in June of 1969, where he surveyed rice usage and consumption, and dealt with U.S. imports of it. After leaving in 1970, at the age of 27, Billo was then reassigned, still in the Foreign Service, to a post in Milan, Italy. He met his wife there, and they were married in June of 1973. He discusses some anecdotes about his time in Saigon, his fears and his reflections on his time. He also discusses the military and government’s handling of the war, and how it has affected (or has not affected) current military conflicts. Billo discusses with frequent emotion his experiences and encounters in Vietnam, and reflects on the larger political theater at the time.
  • Oral History Interview with Colin Blaydon

    Professor Colin C. Blaydon. Oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Professor Blaydon describes growing up in Newport News, Virginia as the son of a Naval architect and engineer. Blaydon discusses his school experience, race relations, and segregation in Virginia during his childhood. Blaydon describes attending the United States Military Academy at West Point. He shares that West Point was a difficult experience and was able to transfer to University of Virginia as a member of the Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (ROTC). Blaydon discusses being commissioned in the Army Corps of Engineers after graduation, however, he attended Harvard University for graduate school and did not go into active duty until 1966 after he completed graduate school. He shares his experience at Harvard studying modern control theory and later received his Ph.D. in applied mathematics. He was commissioned by the Atomic Energy Commission for a nuclear technology fellowship. Blaydon shares how he was able to use his Ph.D. work while on active duty. He describes meeting Alain C. Enthoven after a class at Harvard and as a result of their conversation, Blaydon describes how he was assigned to Secretary of Defense, Robert S. McNamara’s staff. He details his involvement with Army intelligence during the Vietnam War. Specifically his work with drone technology. He describes being sent to the strategic target operations center at Offutt Air Force Base in Nebraska. Professor Blaydon describes returning from Vietnam and working in academia. He worked at Harvard Business School as an Assistant Professor teaching quantitative analysis and finance. He discusses the climate on campus after the war and the difference between graduate and undergraduate student attitudes towards the Vietnam War. He details the events of the Kent State shooting and Harvard’s decision to suspend classes and remove the ROTC from campus. Blaydon describes his involvement with Vietnamese resettlement in the United States after the war. He discusses his career as the Dean of the Tuck School of Business and describes the Tuck School’s participation in establishing a business school for the Vietnam National University during the 1990s. He describes the kind reception of the American’s received in Vietnam during this time.
  • Oral History Interview with Donald Boardman

    Boardman, Donald Interview Abstract 1. Early Childhood in Chicago 2. Dartmouth Career and ROTC 3. Training for the Signal Corps 4. Life at Bien Hoa 5. Promotion to Company Commander 6. Maintaining Family Ties 7. Return to the US and Being a Civilian 8. Updates on Fellow Veterans 9. Final Visit to Vietnam
  • Oral History Interview with John Brelsford

    Brelsford, John Interview Abstract 1. Early Childhood and Adolescence 2. Coming to Dartmouth and Academic Acclimation 3. Joining SDS and Protesting Guest Speakers 4. Growing Anti-ROTC Sentiment at Dartmouth 5. SDS Demands leading to Parkhurst Takeover 6. Staging the Takeover and Public Opinion 7. Removal from Parkhurst and Sentencing 8. Time Spent in Prison 9. Next Year at Dartmouth and Dropping Out 10. Jobs and Education After Dartmouth 11. Family Life and Current Pastimes
  • Oral History Interview with Donald Brief

    Donald K. Brief, Dartmouth Class of 1954, Dartmouth Medical School Class of 1955, Harvard Medical School Class of 1957. Oral history interview documenting his medical and military service during the Vietnam War. Brief describes his experiences as chief of general surgery at Fort Dix, New Jersey, and at the 24th Evacuation Hospital, Long Binh, Vietnam. He discusses his career and family and the lasting impact of the war.
  • Oral History Interview with Timothy Brooks

    Timothy H. Brooks. Class of 1964. Oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Brooks describes growing up in Hampton, New Hampshire. He describes his older brothers and the death of his father when he was eleven. Brooks discusses his high school career, being valedictorian, and how he discovered Dartmouth. He describes his experience in the Army Reserve Officers’ Training Corps. He discusses his time at Dartmouth as an Economics major and working in the dining hall. Brooks discusses his participation in the radio station as the Record Librarian and the Administrative Director on the governing board. He credits the experience as launching his later career in television in charge of research. He describes the book he wrote on the history of WDCR, the Dartmouth College radio station, as well as other books. Brooks discusses being assigned to Fort Bragg in North Carolina, assigned to the 518th Signal Company in the Army. Brooks explains his arrival to Tan Son Nhut Air Base in Saigon, Vietnam and then later assigned to Binh Long Helicopter Base as Detachment Commander. He shares how he was struck by the heat, then the people, as well as the boredom he experienced while in Vietnam. Brooks shares how he volunteered to be the Pay Officer to be able to get out of Binh Long once a month. He explains how he connected with Alan R. McKee, Class of 1964, who was the assistant station manager at the armed forces radio station in Saigon. He describes how he did a Sunday morning radio show in Vietnam for a short time. He explains how his company operated the troposcatter, microwave communications.
  • 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 John Calhoun

    Calhoun, John Interview Abstract 1. Early Childhood 2. Experience at Dartmouth and ROTC 3. Attending Stanford Business School 4. Training and Social Dynamics in the Military 5. Highlights from Arrival in Vietnam 6. Transfers: Fire Direction Officer and Executive Officer 7. Returning Home
  • 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 Lee Chilcote

    Lee A. Chilcote, Class of 1964, Thayer Class of 1965. Oral history interview documenting his entrance into the Marine Crops; Officer Training School at Quantico, Virginia, in 1965; deployment to Vietnam from 1966-1967 and participation in various operations (notably: Operation Georgia and Operation Hastings); involvement afterwards in the Greek Cypriot War; and return to the United States. Chilcote describes his experience at Da Nang Air Base in An Hoa, Vietnam, and on the Ho Chi Minh trail.
  • 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 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 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 William (Bill) Cooper

    William L. Cooper, Dartmouth Class of 1966. Cooper discusses to what extent religion and academic rigor held his attention in college. Drafted after college, he was told to report to duty in March 1967. Cooper was stationed and trained in Fort Knox, and instead of becoming a second lieutenant in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps, he became a chaplain’s assistant. He went to Germany in 1967 and was on a base of the 3rd Armored Division, and then transferred to the joint command base. Cooper remained in Germany for one year, and once released from service, Cooper went to law school. He began at Wayne State University, and then transferred to University of Michigan Law School and graduated in 1972. Cooper then attended library school at the University of Pennsylvania. Cooper discuses his successive jobs and retirement to Virginia.
  • Oral History Interview with William Couser

    Couser, William Interview Abstract: 1. Growing Up in New England 2. Time at Harvard and Dartmouth Medical School 3. Tour in Vietnam 4. Civilian Training and Career 5. Final Thoughts
  • Oral History Interview with Robb Cox

    Robert M. Cox Jr. Class of 1965. Oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Cox discusses growing up in the Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania area. He describes how he discovered and decided to attend Dartmouth College. While a student at Dartmouth, Cox participated in Rugby and the Freshman Rowing team, joined Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and learned to fly. He joined the Navy Reserves prior to attending graduate school at Kent State. After one year of graduate school Cox joined the Air Force and began his training at Lackland Airforce Base in Texas where he became a Lieutenant. He was sent to power plant school at the University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana. Cox describes his time on assignment at the Yokota Air Base in Japan. He was the social chairmen for the squadron and was head of maintenance for the aircrafts. Cox was promoted to a captain and spent three years in Japan. When Cox returned home from Japan he worked for his father in his retail stores. Cox describes his experience working with his father and later his career in the fashion and shopping center development industry.
  • Oral History Interview with David Dawley

    Long history of patriotism and military service on his fathers side of the family. Dates back to 1635 in New England. Growing up in Gardner Ma, diversity in town – Applying to Dartmouth Choate dorms Freshmen beanies Coxswain crew Freshmen teams vs varsity teams President of Dartmouth rowing club Beta Happy as all male school – all male campus culture Coached freshman crew as a student Undergraduate Judiciary Committee ROTC freshman year only Lived in Casque & Gauntlet Didn’t know what to do after college so joined peace corps Honduras New Mexico for training Honduras – setup a clinic – went to Caribbean to setup a track & field event for kids Organized student protests while at Michigan Marched in Belzoni Mississippi Freedom Now movement to Black Power movement - At the event in Greenwood Mississippi Got in touch with PBS Eyes on the Prize series – they wanted to know about transition to Black Power – only white witness they could find Protesting the war Dinner with McNamamara Worked for Warren Wiggins in Chicago Wrote a book about the Vice Lords Got a grant from Rockefeller Foundation to improve life with Vice Lords Returned to Mass and began working for the state/governor Worked at Dartmouth in development office Guilt of not going
  • 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 Cuong Do

    Do, Cuong Interview Abstract 1. Early Childhood and Leaving Vietnam 2. Adolescence in Oklahoma 3. Time at Dartmouth 4. Tuck and Corporate Career 5. Philanthropy and Final Thoughts