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Clay Lewis (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: 2017-09-13

Duration: 00:13:09

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


  • Lewis, Clay Interviewee


An oral history interview conducted on September 13, 2017, with Clay Lewis of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Lewis served in the United States Army during the Vietnam War. He discusses: his ROTC training at Tulane University; his deferments; his year as the commanding officer of an amphibian training company in Virginia Beach, Virginia; his deployment to Vietnam; his role as the Assistant Operations Officer and Operations Officer of the 159th Transportation Battalion, an amphibious unit; managing the operations at Wunder Beach; living in a bunker on the beach during monsoon season; his 2008 trip to Vietnam; returning home; his view that the war was run by politicians and not the military; and his advice for young people interested in joining the military.