Mike Mansfield Interview, February-July 1998


Mike Mansfield Interview, February-July 1998


Mike Mansfield


Don Oberdorfer


Download Transcript of February-July 1998 Interview (276 KB)


Mike Mansfield describes his relationship with John F. Kennedy and Lyndon B. Johnson, especially regarding the Vietnam War. He talks about his childhood, running away from home before finishing eighth grade and joining up with the Oregon National Guard. He recalls his military service, when he lied about his age and enlisted in the U.S. Navy at the age of 14. When he was discharged in 1922, he got a job as a mucker in a copper mine in Butte. He describes meeting his wife, Maureen, who convinced him to finish his education and get a degree from the University of Montana. He ends by describing his early years in the U.S. Senate and in Congress.

There is no recorded audio for oral history number OH 391-001. The transcript is Don Oberdorfer’s notes on the subsequent interviews he conducted of Oral History collection 391.

Document Type

Oral History


Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973; Kennedy, John F. (John Fitzgerald), 1917-1963; Mansfield, Mike, 1903-2001—Interviews; Oberdorfer, Don. Senator Mansfield: The Extraordinary Life of a Great Statesman and Diplomat; United States. Congress. Senate; Mansfield, Maureen Hayes, 1905-2000; Ex-legislators—United States—Interviews; Senators, United States Congress—Montana; Vietnam War, 1961-1975; United States—Politics and government—20th century; Butte, Montana; United States military—Navy

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana; China; Japan; Vietnam



Original Collection

Don Oberdorfer Interviews with Mike Mansfield Oral History Project, OH 391, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library


Copyright to this collection is held by the interview participants and by the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula. Permission may be required for use. For further information please contact Archives and Special Collections: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 391-001

Media Type


Original Format

1 transcript (9 p.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format


Local Filename


Mike Mansfield Interview, February-July 1998