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Dr. Michael Kuk

Vietnam War Oral Histories

Details

Collection:LPB

Genre: Interview

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-12-6

Duration: 00:17:54

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

Contributors:

  • Kuk, Michael Interviewee

Description

An oral history interview conducted on December 6, 2017, with Dr. Michael Kuk of Anacoco, Louisiana. Dr. Kuk, a native of Clinton, Iowa, served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He discusses: his training at Fort Polk, Louisiana; his assignment as a firefighter with the Special Troops; the different types of fires they responded to; his scariest fire; his interactions with the Vietnamese people; playing the organ at church services, including the wedding of one of General William Westmoreland’s aides; returning home; facing discrimination as a Vietnam veteran; and their homemade fire tank.