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Jerry Shirley (2017)

Vietnam War Oral Histories



Genre: Interview

Place Covered: Alexandria, Rapides Parish, Louisiana, Vietnam

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2017-09-12

Duration: 00:05:10

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


  • Shirley, Jerry Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on September 12, 2017, with Jerry Shirley of DeRidder, Louisiana. Shirley served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He discusses: training dogs at Fort Benning, Georgia; being assigned to the 34th Infantry Platoon Scout Dog unit in Vietnam; his role in walking point with his dog for infantry companies in the jungle during the most dangerous missions; what the dogs were trained to alert on; and returning home.