Oral History interview of Michael Galyean. Interview conducted by William, Kayla at Galyean residence.
0:39 Biographical Information; 1:10 Education in Corinth, Mississippi; 2:30 Meeting his wife in Quantico, Virginia; 3:20 Influences in his life; 4:43 Volunteering for Officer Candidate School at Quantico; 5:30 Friends who served in the military; 6:00 Family members who served in the military; 6:26 Views on the military before going to Vietnam; 7:00 American's view on the Vietnam War; 7:46 Explanation for America's view on Vietnam and the war; 8:24 Views on the North Vietnamese before going to war; 9:14 Talks about Officer Candidate School's physical training; 12:15 First reaction to being an Infantry Officer in Vietnam; 12:41 Treatment in Vietnam War; 13:00 Job duties in the Vietnam War; 17:28 Views on the locals/natives of Vietnam/Knowing Lt. Chu's Family; 19:22 Novice in the Vietnamese language; 20:06 Developments of friendships of Marine Corps Officers & Enlisted; 21:10 Disadvantages/Advantages of being in the Marine Corps; 22:39 Funniest moment and experience while being in the Marine Corps; 27:04 First reaction when leaving Vietnam and the Marine Corps; 27:39 Explanation of the treatment when returning to the United States; 30:52 Explanation of the good things the military did; 31:08 Saving and taking care of North Vietnamese prisoners; 33:04 Explaining how the media is to blame for the Vietnam War; 34:18 Currently volunteering and apart of numerous military organizations; 35:43 Working for the YMCA after the Vietnam War; 36:25 Speaking at colleges and universities about his military life; 37:37 Marine Corps affect after serving in Vietnam; 38:22 Coverage we didn't discuss; 41:02 Conclusion.
Date of Birth
Place of Birth
White - Non Hispanic
War or Conflict
Begin/End date of Service - 1st
Entrance into Service
Branch of Service
Unit of Service
Alpha Company First Battalion 3rd Marine Regiment 3rd Marine Division; 3rd Marine Amphibious Force Prisoner IV Facility; Company Commander of the Security Company for 3rd MP Battalion
Prisoner of War
Service Related Injury
See video for details.
City of Birth
Country of Birth
Location of Interview
Galyean, Michael L.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives; United States. Marines
Contains logs, audio and video recordings of interviews with Central Florida's veterans as part of a history class project for the students at the University of Central Florida (UCF). The UCF Community Veterans History Project(CVHP) started in fall 2010. It collects, preserves, and makes accessible to the public the experiences of Central Florida's veterans so that future generations will better understand the realities of conflict. It is a collaborative endeavor supported by multiple departments and offices at UCF. The veterans' histories are archived and made digitally available through the UCF library and selected materials are contributed to the Veterans History Project at the Library of Congress.
Contributor Affiliation / Organization
RICHES; University of Central Florida
Length of Interview
Department of History, University of Central Florida
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Michael, Galyean L., "Galyean, Michael L. interview" (2012). Veterans Oral Histories. 99.