Frank Mattie





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This interview is one of a series conducted concerning West Virginia Vietnam veterans. At the time of the interview, Mr. Mattie was working at the Regional Veterans Center. He was in the infantry in Vietnam and served in B Company, 2nd & 3rd Infantry from 1968 to 1970. He discusses: why he enlisted in the military; reasons people chose not to serve in Vietnam and his feelings towards people who didn't serve; returning to America and society's treatment of veterans; Vietnam in the entertainment media; his job as a counselor and head of a psychiatric ward at a hospital; his experiences working with Vietnam veterans; problems he sees with American society (especially the Baby Boomer generation); patriotism; masculinity and male stereotypes; and other topics as well.

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Vietnam War, Vietnam veterans


Appalachian Studies | Oral History | Social History

Library of Congress Subjects

Mattie, Frank, -- Autobiography., Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Veterans -- Oral histories., Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Protest movements -- Oral histories., Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Mass media and the war -- Oral histories., Patriotism -- Oral Histories., Masculinity -- Oral Histories., Counselors -- Oral Histories., Baby boom generation -- Oral Histories., Huntington (W. Va.) -- Oral histories.


Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-612.


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Oral History Interview: Frank Mattie