Jay T. Nelson Interview, November 3, 2019


Jay T. Nelson


Jacob Horton



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Jay Nelson describes his time as an infantryman in the United States Army during the 1980s. He discusses basic training and advanced Individual training [AIT] at Fort Benning, Georgia, where he was part of an experimental COHORT unit. Nelson talks about the unit’s posting in Hawaii. He notes the physical demands of training and the leadership style of different commanders. He also talks about how the unit became well-known for its cohesiveness and success during practice maneuvers and recon missions. Nelson recalls how, after he left active duty, he joined the Montana National Guard in the 1990s as a water treatment specialist. He discusses his deployment to Saudi Arabia during the Gulf War and details a conflict between him and his commanding officer that resulted in his temporary removal from base and a delay in the officer’s promotion. Nelson concludes the interview by sharing his opinions about local Missoula politics.


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Document Type

Oral History


U.S. Military; U.S. Armed Forces; Montana National Guard; Fort Benning; Fort Lewis; Infantry; Water Treatment Specialist; Recon assignments; Kahuku Training Unit; East Range, Hawaii; Gulf War (1990-1991); Basic training; Saudi Arabia; Drug use, Military; Disciplinary action, Military; Missoula, Montana; Politics, Montana; Local government; Advanced Individual training [AIT]; Cohesion, operational readiness and training unit [COHORT]; Quick reaction force [QRF]; Military veterans

Original Date


Time Period

Twentieth century

Geographic Coverage

Montana; Saudi Arabia; Hawai'i



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

Rights Statement

In Copyright

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: (406) 243-2053 / library.archives@umontana.edu

Oral History Number

OH 472-009

Media Type

Sound; Text

Original Format

1 MP3 file (01:28:33): digital + 1 transcript (33 pp.: 28 cm.)

Digital Format

audio/mp3; application/pdf

Run Time

01:28:33 minutes

Local Filename

OH_472_009.mp3; OH_472_009.pdf

Jay T. Nelson Interview, November 3, 2019