Interview with Gabriel Hartl, June 24, 1989

Project: American Veterans: Vietnam War Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Escape from Budapest, Hungary in 1956; childhood in Chicago; riots at the Democratic National Convention in 1968; enlisted in military in 1968; basic training at Fort Knox, Kentucky; volunteering to be a medic; medical training; survival training at Fort Polk, Louisiana; difference between Asian and Western culture; his attitude toward the war; arrival in Vietnam in January 1969; duty at Hue; first combat; death of his friend and fear of making friends thereafter; breakdown of morale; assignment to reconnaissance platoon; duties of a medic and supplies used; drug and alcohol abuse in Vietnam; mortality rate of wounded soldiers in Vietnam; racial tensions among American troops; duty in Germany after Vietnam; quality of ARVN troops; impression of Vietnamese people; diseases encountered in Vietnam; attitude toward war protesters; My Lai massacre; attitude toward Jane Fonda; Kent State shootings; fall of Saigon; failure of American strategy.

Interview Accession

1989oh177_vvk031

Interviewee Name

Gabriel Hartl

Interviewer Name

Wayne Johnson

Interview Date

1989-06-24

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Hartl, Gabriel Interview by Wayne Johnson. 24 Jun. 1989. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Hartl, G. (1989, June 24). Interview by W. Johnson. American Veterans: Vietnam War Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Hartl, Gabriel, interview by Wayne Johnson. June 24, 1989, American Veterans: Vietnam War Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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