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Herschel Ryan

The Vietnam War: Louisiana Remembers

Details

Collection:LPB

Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Monroe, Ouachita Parish, Louisiana, Vietnam

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-10-11

Duration: 00:15:58

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

Contributors:

  • Ryan, Herschel Interviewee

Description

An oral history interview conducted on October 11, 2017, with Herschel Ryan of Monroe, Louisiana. Ryan served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He discusses: his commission as a 2nd Lieutenant following his ROTC training; attending flight school; his role as a helicopter pilot; being shot during a mission; losing his eye and hand; his bad memories of the war; the helicopter as the main mode of transportation in Vietnam; the changing attitudes towards Vietnam veterans; the comradery of the aviation unit; his unique experience of being treated like a war hero when he returned home; and the differing views of the Vietnam War.