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John DeRosier

Vietnam War Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, Vietnam

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-11-11

Duration: 00:05:45

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


  • DeRosier, John Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on November 11, 2017, with John DeRosier of Lake Charles, Louisiana. DeRosier served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He discusses: his assignment to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines; his role as a machine gunner; seeing American military vehicles blown up by landmines along the Marine Supply Route; his 19-day boat ride home from Da Nang to San Diego; Louisiana’s appreciation of veterans; and the importance of military service.