Vietnam War Oral Histories
Place Covered: Lake Charles, Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, Vietnam
Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority
Date Issued: 2017-11-11
Subjects: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 | United States. Army | Military | Veterans
- Evans, Raymond "Jim" Interviewee
An oral history interview conducted on November 11, 2017, with Raymond “Jim” Evans of Lake Charles, Louisiana. Evans served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He discusses: his training; his role as a tunnel rat; spending three months in the hospital after being hit with shrapnel from a hand grenade; his role in guarding the hospital in the month following an attack by the North Vietnamese Army that killed several patients; his experience of a 17-hour battle; his medals; the death of his best friend; the sacrifices made by military families; returning home; training soldiers for Vietnam at Peason Ridge at Fort Polk; his life after the war; and the discrimination faced by Vietnam veterans.