This is a collection of stand-alone interviews pulled together by Archives and Special Collections around the topic of U.S. military veteran history. These interviews with veterans detail their military training experiences, their service during specific wars, and their service activities during peace time. These interviews were conducted from 1993 to 2012. The original interviews are held at Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula and are identified by the following oral history numbers: OH 236, OH 342, OH 375, OH 399, and OH 439.
This collection includes 5 interviews.
Dane H. Donnelly
Dane H. Donnelly discusses his career with the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. He describes the naval carriers he was stationed on, working as a radar controller, and his daily routine. Donnelly details his cultural exchanges with people from Japan and from the Philippines, offers his opinion on the political nature of Vietnam, and gives anecdotes on his experiences in the Navy.
Edward E. Mosier
Edward Mosier describes his childhood in Montana during the Great Depression. He talks about living in the Deer Lodge area near Gold Creek. Mosier talks about his experieince with the Works Progress Administration [WPA] and the Civilian Conservation Corps [CCC]. Mosier spends much of the interview describing his military career with the Army Air Corps, specifically serving during World War Two in the Pacific. This interview has not yet been transcribed.
Chase Adams interviews his grandfather, Lieutenant Colonel George Carpenter, about his time in the military during World War Two.
Henry T. Wight
Henry T. Wight discusses his experiences after being recruited by the United States Navy at the age of 17. He describes serving during World War Two when he worked on naval bases in the Pacific. Wight recalls fighting in the South Pacific as well as the two times he was aboard a ship that was blown up and how that affected him.
James R. Peterson
James R. Peterson describes growing up in Choteau County, Montana, after his parents immigrated to the United States from Sweden. He talks about attending the University of Montana during the beginning of the Vietnam War, and explains how a financial emergency resulted in him being drafted. He talks about being assigned to learn Vietnamese before he was stationed in Di An, Vietnam. Peterson recalls working closely with U.S. and Vietnamese security forces to identify and eliminate the Vietcong. He also mentions being awarded a bronze star for meritorious achievement during his four-month service. Peterson concludes by noting the importance of linguistics to military operations as well as the positive effects that come with learning another language and culture.