Charles "Milo" McLeod
Wally Gerston describes his decision to join the Montana Guard in 1959, and his first years spent serving in the Havre, Montana unit. He talks about the basic skills he learned during his weekly, four-hour night drills. He recalls serving with the Alaskan National Guard and working the Eskimo Scouts, or First Rifle Platoon, whose members were recruited from small fishing villages in Alaska. Gerston tells how the scouts are trained to use live ammunition and camouflage themselves with all-white gear in order to guard the Bering Sea against enemy invasion into Alaska.
Chinook, Montana; Havre, Montana; Montana National Guard; U.S. military; National Guard of the United States; Alaskan National Guard; Eskimo Scouts
Military History of Montana Oral History Project, OH 150, Archives and Special Collections, Mansfield Library, University of Montana-Missoula
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1 sound cassette (01:00:00 min.) analog + 1 transcript (7 p.: 28 cm.)
Gertson, Wally, "Wally Gertson Interview" (1985). Military History of Montana Oral History Project. 3.