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Major General Raymond “Fred” Rees, Interviewed by Sadie Wilson, 2017
Name of person(s) interviewed: Major General Raymond “Fred” Rees
Other people present: Tucker Wilson, Mary Len Rees
Researcher: Sadie Wilson
Date of Interview: May 29th, 2017
Location of Interview: Helix, Oregon
Special conditions (noise, interruptions, etc.): Clock ringing, phone
General description of contents: Why/ how he joined the army, his experiences in Germany and Vietnam, how he’s stayed in touch, and his thoughts about his service and how it’s impacted him
Length of interview: 26:21
Time and Contents
Introduction, When/where he served
Were you drafted or did you enlist? Why did you choose the branch you did?
Do you recall your first days of service/ training? Were these first days difficult or easy? Do you remember any of your instructors?
Where did you serve? Did you see combat during that time and what were the casualties like? What were some of your most memorable experiences?
Were you awarded any medals or citations?
How did you stay in touch with your family? How often were you able to contact them?
During your service, did you ever feel any stress or pressure? Were there any humorous situations you encountered?
What did you think of your fellow officers and soldiers? Are there any people you’ve kept in touch with?
Do you recall the day your service ended? What did you did in the days and weeks after?
Did your military experience change your thinking about war or the military in general? How did your service and experiences affect your life?
Is there anything else you would like to add?
Major General Raymond “Fred” Rees