Mike ShaninBranch of service: Army
Were you drafted or did you enlist? Drafted
Dates of service: March 4, 1968 to March 4, 1970
What were the location(s) of your service and your MOS?
Ft. Leonard Wood Missouri
Ft. McPherson, Atlanta, Ga.
First Infantry Division South Vietnam
Position/Rank: Specialist 4th class
Good Conduct Medal, National Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Sharpshooter Medal
What are your strongest memories from your time in the military, specific to the Vietnam War era?
Inability of U.S. to win the war, Extraordinarily hot weather in Vietnam, Peace symbols on tanks, Beauty of Saigon (now Ho-Chi-Minh city)
Have your views on the American War in Vietnam changed over time? Why or why not?
No. Still fail to understand why the U.S. lacked the will to win the conflict. The U.S. mission was to keep Communism from spreading to South Vietnam. The mission failed. South Vietnam is still Communist!!