Richard Ische Interview, November 25, 2019


Richard Ische


Sofia Primo



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Richard Ische discusses his childhood on Minnesota farm and what motivated him to enlist in the U.S. Navy Reserve. He describes receiving his draft notice, reporting for boot camp in Memphis, Tennessee, then going to Moffett Field Naval Air Station, California, for a year for additional training. He details shipping out to Okinawa for four months and meeting up with his squadron where he served as a naval aviator. Ische talks about his job as an aviator where their mission was to look for anti-submarine warfare [ASW] squads, particularly in the Gulf of Tonkin where North Vietnamese troops were running supply boats. He tells of one incident when his crew got to close to a supply station on the Paracel Islands and have to do an evacuation move to avoid getting shot by the North Vietnamese. Ische talks about the poor treatment of Vietnam veterans, noting that he didn’t wear his uniform when he returned to California. He concludes the interview by talking about the friends he made during his years in the service.


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Document Type

Oral History


U.S. Military; U.S. Navy; Moffett Field Naval Air Station; San Francisco; Minnesota; Farming, Minnesota; Vietnam War (1955-1975); Gulf of Tonkin; Paracel Islands; Supply boats; Anti-submarine Warfare [ASW] training; Naval aviator; North Vietnamese military; Basic training; Philippines; Okinawa, Japan; Military food rations; Vietnam veterans; Military Service, overseas

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Vietnam; Minnesota



Original Collection

The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project, OH 472

Holding Institution

University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections

Digital Publisher

University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library

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Rights Holder

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 at the University of Montana, Mansfield Library.

Oral History Number

OH 472-001

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (00:13:47): digital + 1 transcript (4 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

00:13:47 minutes

Local Filename

OH_472_001.mp3; OH_472_001.pdf

Richard Ische Interview, November 25, 2019