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Lee Towers Interviewed by Annie Wood, 2018
Name of person(s) interviewed: Lee Towers
Other people present: Cindy Wood, Pat Towers
Researcher: Annie Wood
Date of interview: May 12th, 2018
Location of interview: Towers’ home, Pendleton, Oregon
Special conditions (noise, interruptions, etc.): 3 different clocks sound. Phone dings 3 times toward the end. Occasionally there is some talking heard in the background.
General description of contents: Lee Towers discusses where and when he went during his time in the Army during Vietnam. He tells a few stories and shares some details about specific incidences that occured during his service. He also discusses briefly what he did after the war and how the war affected him.
Length of interview: 14:51
0:00 - 0:23
0:23 - 0:46
Were you drafted or did you enlist?
0:46 - 1:30
Where were you living at the time?
Short description of Umatilla Army Depot.
1:30 - 2:35
Do you recall your first day in service?
2:35 - 2:40
Which war did you serve in?
2:40 - 4:18
Where exactly did you go?
Specific dates of arrival at various places, including the exact day of arrival in Vietnam.
4:18 - 4:41
What was your job or assignment?
Description of job.
4:41 - 6:20
Did you see any combat?
Description of experiences after getting malaria.
4:41 - 7:08
How did you stay in touch with your family?
Story of an attempt to contact the US via switchboard.
7:08 - 8:02
What was the food like?
8:02 - 8:55
How did people entertain themselves?
8:55 - 9:13
Where did you travel while in the service?
9:13 - 9:48
What did you think of officers or fellow soldiers?
9:48 - 10:43
Do you recall the day your service ended?
10:43 - 11:11
What did you go on to do as a career after the war?
11:11 - 11:52
How did your service and experiences affect your life?
Discussion of various pictures and objects:
11:52 - 12:24
12:24 - 12:44
502nd Airborne jump school wings
12:44 - 13:28
Fort Ord Graduation booklet
Picture of “bunch he was with” while in Basic Training
13:33 - 13:54
13:58 - 14:20
Government issued money
14:20 - 14:51
Group picture from Basic
Thank you, veterans.
Mr. Lee Towers