Ryan Austin Findley
Sidney Bailey describes serving in the U.S. Armed Forces as a small engine mechanic during the 1990s. He talks about what motivated him to join the army and details his basic training at Fort Dix then further training as a mechanic. Bailey discusses serving his first active-duty post in South Korea, noting that many college-age Koreans were unhappy that American soldiers were deployed there for peace-keeping purposes. He describes traveling around Korea with his friends, then coming back to the United States to a post in Colorado. He talks about his decision to leave the military because he wanted to other things besides work on engines. Bailey then elaborates on the pride he feels having served in the U.S. Army, noting that military service shouldn’t be compulsory. He also offers his thoughts on how the respect for military veterans has decreased in recent years and attributes these changes, in part, the different presidential administrations. He details the issues with veterans’ health care, saying that the Trump administration has improved accessibility to health care services. He concludes by talking about how difficult it is to stay in touch with other service people because they move from base to base so frequently, or because they may have died during service.
Montana; Korea; Colorado
The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project, OH 472
University of Montana. Mansfield Library. Archives and Special Collections
University of Montana--Missoula. Mansfield Library
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1 MP3 file (01:06:00): digital + 1 transcript (22 pp.: 28 cm.)
Bailey, Sidney Lee, "Sidney Lee Bailey Interview, November 23, 2019" (2019). The Veteran’s Experience Oral History Project. 4.