Life During The Vietnam War

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Introduction Life during the Vietnam War, from the point-of-view of a US Navy sailor, was the main subject of the interview. For the most part we talk about what the life of a sailor consisted of during that time period, but there is a few underlying themes. Like the interaction between different races within the US Navy and there is some talk of rural Maine during and before the war. Biography & Context In Rutland, Vermont on December 9, 1950, John Elwin Adams (Jack) was born. He moved to Palermo, Maine when he was only a few months old with his mother, Elsie, and father, Earl, and older brother Ronald. He grew up working on farms during the summers. His grandfather owned 500 acres so there was plenty of work to be done. He…show more content…
The phone calls were short, approximately 15 to 20 minutes long, but very informative. Edited Transcript My other grandfather had a tractor that we plowed with and did farm chores with. He also had electricity and phone. We still lugged water from the well! I learned to drive a vehicle when I was old enough to reach the pedals and we would ride around the fields in the pick up truck. Most roads were dirt back then and those that were “tarred” were rough! I sometimes miss those days. We did not have televisions until I was five years old and it only had a couple of channels on it to select from. Fast forward a few years, Walter Cronkite was one of the few newscasters we were able to see. I remember President John F. Kennedy being shot. I remember your grandmother, Betty, coming to the other two rooms of Palermo Consolidated to announce to the classes what had happened. Before he was shot, we had the Bay of Pigs, and a day that could have ended as a nuclear holocaust. It was, thank God, averted. Vietnam was also brewing and none of us knew where that even was in the world. I joined because of men like my dad, Earl, who served in the US Navy in WW11, your grandfather, Howard and his brother Harlan, who served in the US Army. I was intrigued by the stories, they sometimes told. Vietnam was getting hotter and many of my classmates from Erskine Academy, class of 69, were being drafted into the Army. My draft number was 34, so I knew I

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