Interview with Robert Samuel Filiatreau, November 22, 1988

Project: American Veterans: Vietnam War Oral History Project

Interview Summary

Born in Bardstown-- Kentucky; enlisted in Army Reserves in 1962; joined National Guard in February 1968; unit was activated in 1969; basic training at Fort Hood; political atmosphere in Bardstown; attitude of other unit members when activated; first impressions of Vietnam; first patrol; feeling the need to "prove" themselves as a National Guard unit as opposed to a regular Army unit; forward observer school in Vietnam; Camp Evans; Hill 88; assignment to a unit of the 101st Airborne; differences between the National Guard unit and the 101st; differences between artillery and infantry units; experience in combat; Viet Cong; unit camraderie; racial tensions; experience at the Da Nang airbase; homecoming; reaction upon learning about deaths in his National Guard unit; good times in Vietnam; impression of the Vietnamese people; no-fire zones; My Lai massacre; manifestations of U.S. involvement in Vietnam; purpose of the war; ability of National Guard units.

Interview Accession

1988oh194_vvk024

Interviewee Name

Robert Samuel Filiatreau

Interviewer Name

Andrew McIntire

Interview Date

1988-11-22

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Filiatreau, Robert Samuel Interview by Andrew McIntire. 22 Nov. 1988. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Filiatreau, R.S. (1988, November 22). Interview by A. McIntire. American Veterans: Vietnam War Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Filiatreau, Robert Samuel, interview by Andrew McIntire. November 22, 1988, American Veterans: Vietnam War Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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