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Clay Flournoy (2017)

Vietnam War Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Baton Rouge, East Baton Rouge Parish, Louisiana, Vietnam

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-08-30

Duration: 00:16:15

Subjects: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 | United States. Marine Corps. | Military | Veterans


  • Flournoy, Clay Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on August 30, 2017, with Clay Flournoy of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Flournoy, a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, served in the United States Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He discusses: his decision to join the Marine Corps; his experience of serving in Operation Dewey Canyon; spending five weeks in a military hospital in Guam due to an infection; hearing about the moon landing and Woodstock while in Vietnam; how young all of the soldiers were; his experience of boot camp; the service of two of his friends; everyone flying to and from Vietnam as individuals instead of as units; the changing attitudes towards Vietnam veterans; and his advice for young people interested in joining the military.