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Don Rast (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: 2017-08-23

Duration: 00:13:30

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


  • Rast, Don Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on August 23, 2017, with Don Rast of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Rast, a native of Shreveport, Louisiana, served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He discusses: his ROTC training in high school and college; his decision to volunteer; his three published books on his military experiences; his seven years in the military; his patrols south of Long Benh in Vietnam; his children’s military service; learning discipline in the military; and his return home from the war.