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Oral history interview with James H. Blankenheim, 2003.

Author: James H Blankenheim; Kyle Flakne; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.; Kyle Flakne Eagle Scout Veterans Interview Project.
Edition/Format:   Archival material : Cassette recording : VHS tape : EnglishView all editions and formats
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James Blankenheim, a Madison, Wisconsin native, discusses his service during the Vietnam War as a forward air controller with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.
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Genre/Form: Personal narratives, American
Named Person: James H Blankenheim
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Archival Material
All Authors / Contributors: James H Blankenheim; Kyle Flakne; Wisconsin Veterans Museum.; Kyle Flakne Eagle Scout Veterans Interview Project.
OCLC Number: 432311931
Event notes: Interviewed by Kyle and David Flakne on January 25, 2003 in Madison, Wisconsin.
Description: Sound recording : 1 sound cassette (ca. 49 min.); analog, 1 7/8 ips. Master sound recording : 2 sound cassettes (ca. 49 min.); analog, 1 7/8 ips. Transcript : 20 p. Videorecording : 1 videocassette (ca. 49 min.) ; sd., col. ; 1/2 in.
Details: VHS-C format.

Abstract:

James Blankenheim, a Madison, Wisconsin native, discusses his service during the Vietnam War as a forward air controller with the 3rd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division.

Jim Blankenheim comments on enlisting through the "buddy system" and his physically tough boot camp training in San Diego (California). He describes calling in helicopter medevacs, carrying big radios, combat at An Hoa, the Tet Offensive of 1968 and Tet 1969, and being surrounded by a North Vietnamese Army Division on his nineteenth birthday at Hai Van Pass (Hill 1192). He tells of being sent to mine detection classes as punishment for falling into a urinal while drunk. He talks about writing letters home, food, exchanging currency, and going on leave to Malaysia. Blankenheim states that he avoided making friends in Vietnam because new people died so often. He talks about his assignment to a Marine Detachment at Quonset Point (Rhode Island) and his discharge at the rank of sergeant. He describes using the GI Bill to attend night school and belonging to the VFW, and he mentions being the State Secretary for the Vietnam Veterans Post. Blankenheim reflects on his personal development after serving, why the war was not won, and his opinions about the war in Iraq.

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