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Charles Stroud (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: 2017-09-27

Duration: 00:21:37

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


  • Stroud, Charles Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on September 27, 2017, with Charles Stroud of St. Francisville, Louisiana. Stroud served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He discusses: his decision to volunteer; his training; arriving in Vietnam; his role as a machine gunner on missions in the jungle; the heavy load he carried; his promotion to squad leader; their work in setting up ambushes at night; being hit in the leg by a booby trap; his seven and a half months in the hospital; the chaos of the jungle missions; the private that carried him to the medevac helicopter; and waking up with gratitude every day because he is still alive.