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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.
Vietnam War, Vietnam veterans
Appalachian Studies | Oral History | Social History
Interview is included in the Marshall University Oral History Collection. The index number is OH64-612.
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Marshall University Special Collections, OH64-612, Huntington, WV.