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Dr. Henry W. Giles

Vietnam War Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Vietnam

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-09-20

Duration: 00:20:05

Subjects: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 | United States. Army | Military | Veterans


  • Giles, Henry W. Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on September 20, 2017, with Dr. Henry W. Giles of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Dr. Giles served as a Captain in the Medical Corps of the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He discusses: being drafted; his training; his work at a first aid station in Vietnam; his frequent helicopter rides to pick up wounded prisoners; surviving a helicopter crash; his interactions with the Vietnamese people; working at Walter Reed Medical Center in Washington, D.C. after his tour in Vietnam; his advice for young people interested in joining the military; his medals; and his inclusion in Donald J. Palmisano’s book on leadership.