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Florida Voices: Vietnam Veterans

Millions of Americans served in Vietnam from 1961 to 1975 during the United States’ military involvement in that country.

Today, thousands of them call Florida home.

And each has a different story to tell.

In conjunction with the September 2017 public television broadcast of Ken Burns and Lynn Novick’s 10-part documentary series, “The Vietnam War,” WUFT News set out across our coverage area to share as many of our local veterans’ experiences as possible. Below, you can find a longform audio interview and transcript of each conversation.

If you are or know a veteran from the Vietnam era living in north central Florida who also would like to participate, please email us at news@wuft.org or call 352-294-1525.

Those who served

Name Branch and years in or near country
Bruce Lamoureux Air Force, 1959 to 1966
Gary Newman Navy, 1964 and 1967 to 1968
Ron Oppliger Marine Corps, 1964 to 1965
Harvey Goldstein Army, 1965 to 1967
Scott Camil Marine Corps, 1965 to 1967
Raymond Knisley Navy, 1965 to 1969
Daniel Cromer Air Force, 1966 to 1967
David Colburn Army, 1966 to 1967
Tom Hennessey Army, 1966 to 1967 and 1968 to 1969
Forest Hope Marine Corps, 1966 to 1968
Allen Davis Marine Corps, 1967 to 1968
Bob Barnas Marine Corps, 1967 to 1968
Jim Lynch Army, 1967 to 1969
Tony Magnifico Marines, 1967 to 1969
George Guy Army, 1968 to 1969
Lorne Lister Navy, 1968 to 1969
John Edwards Army, 1968 to 1970
David Gold Army, 1969
Tom Curtis Army, 1969 to 1970
Lewis Alston Marine Corps, 1969 to 1970
Terry Coons Army, 1969 to 1970
Ray Harris MACV-SOG, 1969 to 1970
Duane Romine Navy, 1969 to 1971
David Willkomm Army, 1970 to 1971
Fred Judkins Army, 1970 to 1971
John Lavelle Army, 1971 to 1972
John Menoski Air Force, 1972 to 1975