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James Coles, Interviewed by Beth Steinmetz, 2017
James B. Coles, Vietnam Veteran, Interviewed by Christine Steinmetz, 2017
Name of Person Being Interviewed: James B. Coles
Other People Present: N/A
Researcher: Christine Steinmetz
Date of Interview: May 19th, 2017
Location of Interview: Helix School, 120 Main St., Helix, Oregon
Special Conditions: People came in and out of the school library.
General Description: Early Life, Training, Traveling, Childhood Comparison with today’s kids, Family
Length of Interview: 34:28
0:05-0:22 Who were your parents?
0:22-1:03 How did they meet?
1:03-1:36 What year were you born/ have any siblings/ where were you born ?
1:36-1:46 Where did you grow up?
1:46-2:01 When did you meet your wife?
2:01-2:06 How many kids do you have?
2:06-2:28 Was this before or after you were in the military/ when you met your wife?
2:28-3:32 When did you decide to enlist?
3:32-4:49 How did it feel to get that letter?
4:49-7:41 Did you have to leave the states/ where did you go to start your training?
7:41-9:07 Did you do a lot of traveling over there?
9:07-10:10 How did it feel to travel everywhere/ were you excited?
10:10-11:20 Did you ever see combat?
11:20-11:40 Are you still in contact with anyone?
11:40-12:54 How did your parents feel about when you were enlisted?
12:54-14:22 Since your father was in WW2, would you say your childhood is a lot different than those of today?
14:22-15:04 Is there anything you would change/ regret/ or are very proud of?
15:04-15:49 Do you have any pictures/ documents/ or family heirlooms?
15:49-17:11 Did you receive/ write a lot of letters home?
17:11-17:34 Do you think your experience in Germany help make you into who you are today?
17:34-17:43 Would you say it helped strengthen your relationship?
17:43-18:25 How much time overseas did your wife experience with you?
18:25-18:50 How old were you when you enlisted/ how old were you when you got out?
18:50-20:14 You’re no longer involved with any of the military?
20:14-24:38 Could you elaborate on what your training was like?
24:38-26:04 Is there anything else you’d like to add about your experience?
26:04-28:54 Were things a lot different there?
Mr. James Coles