Annotated Bibliography for Vietnam
Brief Biographies of Narrators
Why and when did you join the military? What branch did you join?
Tell me about your boot camp and training experience? What were your first days in the service like? Describe your uniforms.
What attracted you to the branch of military that you joined? How did your family respond?
What was your job or assignment in the military?
Describe some of your memorable experiences during your time in military service.
How long did you serve in the military? What rank did you obtain?
Where were you stationed? What were the living conditions like?
What was it like to be a woman during the Korean War/ Vietnam War?
What was the most difficult time for you during your service?
Did your role as a woman change when you went into the military?
What were some of the major differences between WWII and the Vietnam War?
How do you think women's roles were different from World War II to Vietnam?
How did you feel about the peace movements during the Vietnam War?
How were women treated by male soldiers or military personnel?
Did you keep in touch with any friends after leaving the military?
Is there anything else that you would like to add that we haven't covered?
|What attracted you to the branch of military that you joined? How did your family respond?
Narrator: Shirley Heckard
Interviewed by: Kristin Sowden
KS: Um, Why were you attracted to the Marines?
SH: Well, it's the fighting unit. It's the best unit there is [laughs] Semper Fi (Semper Fi)
KS: How did your family respond?
SH: Well, they were in a state of shock but I had to get their permission since I was underage, [and] my father still kept thinking I was in the Army. I'd say, "NO! It's the Marines." He didn't know the difference. [Laughs]
Narrator: Judith Mente
Interviewer: Kyle Schneider
KS: Why where you attracted to the branch of military that you joined? How did your family respond to the news that you were joining the military?
JM: I had two brothers who were in the Korean War, and one was in the Army, and one was in the Air Force. The one that was in the Army...saw much action in Korea, the one that was in the Air Force, didn't... [he]did not leave the United States..[laughs] so I knew that..[laughs more] the Air Force was probably the better deal...[safer huh?]..a little safer. But beyond that I don't think I thought a lot about it.
KS: How did your family take it? Or were they...
JM: My parents required some convincing...but they were ok.
Photos courtesy of the families.
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Shirley Heckard, September 2005