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James Wayne, Sr.

Vietnam War Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-10-11

Duration: 00:57:35

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


  • Wayne, James, Sr. Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on October 11, 2017, with James Wayne, Sr. of Marion, Louisiana. Wayne served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He discusses: his ROTC training at Southern University in Baton Rouge; his military service in Germany; flying over to Vietnam on a commercial airline; his assignment as the Charlie Company Commander for the 196th Infantry Division; his combat experiences; his close relationship with General George Casey; being chosen to speak to African American troops following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.; returning home and having trouble fitting in; his decision to attend Southern University after receiving the first Martin Luther King. Jr. Fellowship from the Woodrow Wilson Foundation; and the nature of war.