Interview with Steve Southworth, May 18, 2018

Project: Scott County (Kentucky) Public Library: Scott County Veterans Oral History Project

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This is an interview with Steve Southworth - a veteran of the Vietnam War who served with the Army. He talks about growing up in the Long Lick community in Scott County while his father was a police officer in Georgetown. He graduated from college in 1965 and was drafted by the Army two years later. Southworth recounts his time in combat with the 4th Infantry Division as a radio operator on numerous patrols around Pleiku with II Corps. He says that he and his fellow soldiers frequently questioned the United States' role in Vietnam, usually over "a good joint" back at their base at Camp Enari. Midway through his tour, Southworth says his brother was badly injured at Khe Sanh, and that this sent him into a deep depression for the remainder of his time in country. Upon returning to the United States, Southworth recalls being treated very disrespectfully by protesters and he says he became an alcoholic while trying to self-medicate his post-traumatic stress disorder. He talks about becoming sober and finding a life after Vietnam, but concludes the interview by expressing frustration with things like the Honor Flights as he feels the Vietnam veterans should not have had to wait this long to be honored.

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2018oh304_scpl018

Interviewee Name

Steve Southworth

Interviewer Name

James Bartek

Interview Date

2018-05-18

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Southworth, Steve Interview by James Bartek. 18 May. 2018. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Southworth, S. (2018, May 18). Interview by J. Bartek. Scott County (Kentucky) Public Library: Scott County Veterans Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Southworth, Steve, interview by James Bartek. May 18, 2018, Scott County (Kentucky) Public Library: Scott County Veterans Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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