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Elvin Stelling

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: 00:10:26

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


  • Stelling, Elvin Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on November 11, 2017, with Elvin Stelling of Ragley, Louisiana. Stelling, a native of Sunnyside, Washington, served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He discusses: being drafted; his training at Fort Polk, Louisiana; his role as a radio telephone operator; his unit’s typical schedule in Vietnam; his worst memory of the war; the good times with his fellow soldiers; returning home; and the difficulties faced by Vietnam veterans.