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.
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).
Feltner, Jonathan Interview Abstract
1. Growing Up in Rochester and ROTC at Dartmouth
2. Post-Grad Training at Quantico
3. First Months in I Corps
4. Time as 3rd Platoon Commander and Guarding the Cua Viet
5. Post-War Return to Vietnam
6. Boat People and the S.S. Mayaguez
7. Political Views and Final Thoughts
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.
Frank, Justin Interview Abstract
1. Early Childhood and Political Consciousness in California
2. Undergraduate Education
3. Med School and Early Activism in Louisville
4. Securing Conscientious Objector Status
5. C.O. Status and Faith, Patriotism
6. Political Engagement and Writing Career in Adulthood
Douglas P. Fusonie. Class of 1958. Oral history interview for the Dartmouth Vietnam Project. Fusonie discusses his childhood moving around the country. He describes his father Albert T. Fusonie, Class of 1928. Fusonie discusses his relationship to academics and an English major as a student. He describes his four years playing football, his involvement in Beta Theta Phi (now Beta Alpha Omega), and the political climate of the college. He describes how he ended up going to Temple University Medical School, Class of 1963. Fusonie explains the Berry Plan and how he became involved in the Vietnam War. He discusses his surgical residency at Ohio State University and his growing family. Fusonie explains how he was sent to Virginia as chief of surgery at McDonald Army Hospital at Fort Eustis. He discusses his transition to Vietnam and how he was stationed at the 12th Evacuation Hospital at the Củ Chi Base Camp. He describes a few incidents that occurred during his year in Vietnam. He describes how his hospital performed over 5,800 major surgeries during the war. Fusonie shares his feelings about the war and the Vietnam War protesters. He describes the impact of Agent Orange on the terrain and its long-term health risks. Fusonie discusses how he began working in Greenfield, Massachusetts after the war.
Gene R Garthwaite, Professor of History and Middle Eastern Studies at Dartmouth College. St. Olaf College Class of 1955. At St. Olaf, Garthwaite majored in English, was the feature editor of the college newspaper, and served in ROTC [Reserve Officers’ Training Corps]. He married after going into the Air Force. After flying B-47s over the Soviet Union, he was awarded a Wilson Fellowship and enrolled in University of Chicago to obtain his Ph.D in English literature. After a year and a half, he delayed taking his prelims to go on an archaeological dig to Iran. Upon returning, he found a job in the management division of Aerojet General [Corporation] in Sacramento, California. He then transferred fields, and schools, and went to study Middle Eastern studies at UCLA [University of California, Los Angeles] to complete his Ph.D. He began to work at Dartmouth College in 1968, upon completion of his doctorate. He was part of a younger, liberal group of professors which formed to socialize and discuss the Vietnam war, and other issues such as civil rights. Garthwaite discusses the campus’ climate and how it changed, the admittance of women into Dartmouth, as well as Anti-war protests such as the Parkhurst sit-in in 1969. He participated in sit-ins and protests around civil rights and the war, and discusses those events as well.
Green, David Interview Abstract
1. Childhood in Baltimore
2. Sports and Activism at Dartmouth
3. The Parkhurst Takeover
4. Jail Time and Expulsion
5. Continued Activism in Maryland and Cuba
6. Life and Career After College
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
Hindman, Ward Interview Abstract
1. Early Childhood
2. Time at Dartmouth and Air Force ROTC
3. Post-Grad Air Force Training
4. Service in Vietnam
5. Post-War Military Life
6. Civilian Career and Retirement
Hinman, Jeffrey H. Dartmouth College Class of ’68. Oral history interview documenting his experiences growing up in Rome, New York, near Fort Stanwix; living among military personnel; the ROTC protests in Dartmouth; getting drafted into the US Army; his time at Fort Dix; rejecting military pressure to buy Savings Bonds; his service as an infantryman in the 3rd Brigade of the 82nd Airborne in Vietnam, then as an photographer/correspondent in the 25th Infantry Division; his receipt of a "Congressional Inquiry" regarding his suitability for infantry service; racial relations within his infantry company, and the predominantly African-American mortar platoon; interactions with local Vietnamese in villages; experiencing little war action but learning about U.S. soldiers hurting themselves through their own military mistakes; watching the interrogation and waterboarding of a NVA/VC soldier; being ordered to photograph dead enemy soldiers; service as an assistant battalion legal clerk at Fort Carson; coming home from the war and his experiences with the Veterans Reading Group.
Paul Hodes, Class of 1972. Oral history interview documenting Paul Hodes’ activism in the popular movement against the Vietnam War, during his time at Dartmouth College. Hodes details the occupation of the administrative building, Parkhurst, by Dartmouth College student activists, and his role as bearing a bull horn to warn the occupants of the arriving police force. Hodes recalls the impact of the 1970 Kent State shootings, and his decision to participate in the March on Washington in the same year. Hodes also narrates his involvement with SDS (Students for a Democratic Society), his childhood in New York City, and his decision to run for Congress in New Hampshire in 2006.