Written By: Joi Harvey, Trinity Riollano, Katherine Archila-Mejia, Mollie Owen, Rushella Epperson and Varsha Palaniyandy
Edited By: Mollie Owen, and Varsha Palaniyandy
The National Museum of the Marine Corps recently held a Public Affairs summer program for high school students. Their culmination project was to interview eight military combat veterans, asking them about their experiences in theaters of war around the world, in both the Vietnam Wars and the War on Terror.
Meet the Veterans:
Al Adler served in the Marine Corps from 1981 to 2001, reaching the rank of gunnery sergeant. A few jobs he had were being a recruiter, various jobs in the intelligence field, and a rifleman. Al Adler fought in the Persian Gulf War.
Larry Britton served in the Marine Corps from 1966 to 1998. He was a helicopter pilot and was forward-deployed during Vietnam. Larry Britton fought in the Vietnam War.
Ron Echols served in the Marine Corps from 1964 to 1968. He served as an infantry platoon commander and lieutenant. Ron Echols fought in the Vietnam War and earned two Purple Hearts and the Bronze Star Medal.
John Hoy served in the Army from 1969 to 1997. A few jobs he had were as a defense contractor, an infantry ground troop, intelligence field, and was a part of the Special Forces. John Hoy fought in the Vietnam War.
Roger McIntosh served in the Marine Corps from 1955 to 1976. He served as an air traffic control warrant officer, and was enlisted. Roger McIntosh fought in the Vietnam War.
Randy Shuck served in the Marine Corp from 1968 to 1993. A few jobs he had were first sergeant, tanker, recruiter, drill instructor, and he served for twenty years in the CIA. He fought in the Vietnam and Panama.
Tom Smith served in the Marine Corps from 1966 to 1969. He served as a truck mechanic and as sergeant. Tom Smith fought in the Vietnam War.
Andy Traynor served in the Marine Corp from 1965 to 1992, reaching the rank of lieutenant colonel. A 'few jobs he had were tank officer, and infantry ground troop. Andy Traynor fought in Vietnam.
The Public Affairs Summer Program is excited to share the memories and stories of these military veterans with you. We hope you enjoy this article as much as we enjoyed writing it!