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Murphy Neal Jones

Vietnam War Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

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

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-09-27

Duration: 00:38:21

Subjects: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 | United States. Air Force | Prisoner of war | Military | Veterans


  • Jones, Murphy Neal Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on September 27, 2017, with Murphy Neal Jones of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Jones served in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He was shot down in Hanoi on June 29, 1966, and was a prisoner-of-war until his release on February 12, 1973. He discusses: his pilot training; his career in the Air Force prior to the Vietnam War; being shot down; being taken prisoner on the ground; his interrogation; being paraded around the streets of Hanoi; the medical attention he received for his numerous injuries; his time as a prisoner-of-war; his release; his debriefing in the Philippines; returning home to Keesler Air Force Base and reuniting with his family; the strength of his wife; his disgust that the United States government gave the North Vietnamese a list of targets in Hanoi prior to his mission; his work at the Pentagon after the war; and the comradery in the military.