Interview with Thomas G. Riffe, June 29, 2018

Project: Kentucky Honor Flight Veterans Oral History Project

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Thomas G. Riffe served in the 12th Data Processing Unit in Saigon, Vietnam during the Vietnam War. In this interview, he describes his life in the city of Saigon as part of the 12th Data Processing Unit. He talks about the markets, crowds, transportation, and weather. He talks about how American military people were treated. He talks about some of the dangers of living in Saigon. Riffe was in Saigon when the attack on the U.S. Embassy occurred during the Tet Offensive. He discusses local cuisine, water, plumbing, the black market and red light district, and the levels of drug use throughout the American military in Vietnam. He talks about what was reported in the American media regarding their progress in the war versus what he was actually seeing in the situation reports and his distrust of the American government due to how they treated their soldiers in comparison to other countries.

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2018oh378_honor025

Interviewee Name

Thomas G. Riffe

Interviewer Name

Jeffrey Suchanek

Interview Date

2018-06-29

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Riffe, Thomas G. Interview by Jeffrey Suchanek. 29 Jun. 2018. Lexington, KY: Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.

Riffe, T.G. (2018, June 29). Interview by J. Suchanek. Kentucky Honor Flight Veterans Oral History Project. Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries, Lexington.

Riffe, Thomas G., interview by Jeffrey Suchanek. June 29, 2018, Kentucky Honor Flight Veterans Oral History Project, Louie B. Nunn Center for Oral History, University of Kentucky Libraries.





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