The Vietnam War
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- Which branch did she serve in? What was her rank? Did she enlist or was she drafted? How did she feel about the draft? Was she philosophically or politically opposed to serving in the military or was she proud to serve her country?
- Describe basic training. Who was her commanding officer? Who were her peers? Where and for how long was she trained? What did she learn?
- Did she have trouble getting along with anyone in her unit? Why? What became of it? How did she deal with it?
- Did she have a nickname? What were the memorable nicknames of others?
- How did she feel about sharing her space with others? Did it feel cramped at first? Was it easy to get used to?
- What was her most vivid memory of this time? Specific people or places? A certain event?
- Which weapons was she trained to use? How did she feel about using weapons? Was she comfortable with one in particular?
- Was she especially skilled at one particular task? Did it become her "specialty"?
- Did basic training build up or cut down her self-confidence? Why or why not? Did she feel as if she was well-prepared for her duties? Did it turn out that she was prepared?
- Where was she stationed after basic training? What were the people and the surrounding area like?
- How did she keep in touch with her friends and family back home during this time? Did she save any letters from this time?
- Which battles did she fight in? Describe the time, place, number of participants, and what happened. How did these battles affect the war as a whole? What role did her unit play in these battles?
- Did she become close friends with any of those she fought with? Did they keep in touch in later years? Did she save any of their lives? Did they save hers?
- Was she injured in any way? Describe what happened. What went through her mind when she realized she was hurt?
- If he was injured, did she heal quickly or not? Did she return to the fighting, or was she sent home? How did it change her in ways that she still noticed years later?
- Did she ever need to take someone's life? Describe the experience.
- Why did she leave the service? Honorable discharge? Injury? End of active duty? Describe the circumstances and how she felt about them.
- What did she find when she returned home? Did she receive a cool reception from those opposed to the war? Did she feel proud for having served, but at the same time avoid talking about it to others?
- Was she able to return to "normal functioning"? Was it easy to put it all behind her and get on with her life, or did she have to struggle? What was hardest to adjust to once she returned?
- Was there someone or something that was helpful in getting her through this time of adjustment? Could she suggest anything helpful to someone going through a similar situation?
- From her perspective, when was the war over? When the peace treaty was signed in 1973? When she came home?
- After all was said and done, what did she learn from her experiences in the military? Why were these lessons valuable to her? How did they change her and her ideas or values?
- How would she be different if she had never had these experiences?
- What sort of memorabilia did she save from this time? What did it symbolize to her? What memories and feelings did it bring back in later years?