John C. Hennen, Jr.



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This interview is one of a series conducted concerning West Virginia Vietnam veterans. Ernestine Thornton was a nurse during the Vietnam War and, at the time of the interview, she had been elected president of the West Virginia Council of the VVA (Vietnam Veterans of America). She discusses: the National Convention of the VVA; individuals such as Robert Mueller (who was elected president of the organization) and Jeremiah Denton (a senator); the VVA in general; the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars) and its interactions with Vietnam veterans; controversy among some members of the organizations; her work as the president of the State Council of the VVA; Vietnam veterans in general; the public image of Vietnam veterans; Appalachian culture; employment and suicide rates among Veterans; her future plans with the VVA; and other topics.

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Vietnam War, Vietnam Veterans


Appalachian Studies | Oral History | Social History

Library of Congress Subjects

Vietnam Veterans of America, Inc., Veterans of Foreign Wars of the United States., Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Nurses -- Oral histories., Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- Oral histories., Nurses -- Oral histories., Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- Suicidal behavior -- Oral histories., Unemployment -- Veterans -- Oral histories., Post-traumatic stress disorder -- Oral histories., Appalachian Region -- Oral histories.


Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-412.


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Oral History Interview: Ernestine Thornton