The interview of Jack Edwards done by Michael Richardson of UCF in Orlando, FL via Zoom due to Covid-19. Mr. Edwards discusses his birthplace; siblings; parents' jobs; relatives in the Military; High School education; motivations for joining the Army; Army Basic training; Advanced Infantry training; Deployment to Vietnam; Operations in a Mortar Platoon; Duty as a military person; Challenges of Combat; Shooting for the Army Rile Team; The final days in Vietnam; The transition from service to civilian; fortunate to find a good job; valuable military decorations; how the Army changed in his time; lessons from his experience in the Army; Becoming proud of what you did; Growing long hair after service; how friendships fade away; life as a 100 percent disabled veteran; Afflicted by cancer due to Agent Orange; Thankful for the care the VA provides; As a young person, if you do your job the service takes care of you; Final Reflections; end of the interview.
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RICHES University of Central Florida
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Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Central Florida, RICHES of, "Edwards, Jack D. interview" (2021). Veterans Oral Histories. 695.