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Paul Marks, Jr. (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: 00:18:52

Subjects: Vietnam War, 1961-1975 | United States. Army | Military | Veterans | LAWYERS | McKeithen, John J. (John Julian), 1918-1999


  • Marks, Paul, Jr. Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on September 27, 2017, with Paul Marks, Jr. of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Marks served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He discusses: his ROTC training at LSU; getting a deferment to attend law school; his assignment to the Judge Advocate General’s Corps (JAG) in Vietnam; his role in prosecuting cases related to the black market, money laundering, and drugs; prosecuting the case of a Sergeant Major who had a relationship with a Vietnamese woman who was later shot to death; meeting Governor John McKeithen at a base in Vietnam; his friendship with LSU Professor Lee Hargrave; the prevalence of heroin in Saigon; prosecuting the case of a soldier for sleeping while on guard duty; returning home; and the difficulty of being away from his family.