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00:00:00 - Ken Burns' Vietnam documentary

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Partial Transcript: Let me do my little introduction here.

Segment Synopsis: Garry Boling and interviewer Jeffrey Suchanek discuss their opinions on the Vietnam War documentary by Ken Burns. Boling mentions that his brothers are also Vietnam veterans.

Keywords: Bias; Brothers; Documentaries; Jackie Boling; Ken Burns; Larry Boling

Subjects: Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Veterans--United States; War stories.

00:05:17 - Off-base leave during training

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Partial Transcript: Well, alright, so let me get you back to 1966 and 1967 before you left the States for Vietnam.

Segment Synopsis: Boling says they did not get to leave base often during basic and AIT.

Keywords: Advanced Infantry Training (AIT); Boot camp; Fort Campbell (Ky.); Leave; Off base; Protests; Support; Uniforms; Unrest

Subjects: Basic training (Military education); Military bases.; Soldiers.; United States. Army.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Protest movements; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Public opinion

00:08:16 - Feelings about being sent to Vietnam

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Partial Transcript: When did you know for sure you were going to Vietnam?

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about when he became aware that he would be sent to Vietnam. He talks about his reaction to the news and how the U.S.'s progress in the war was portrayed to the soldiers. He talks about what he did during his 30 day leave before being sent to Vietnam.

Keywords: Attitudes; Awareness; Combat infantry; Families; Fort Knox (Ky.); Fort Polk (La.); Girlfriends; Home; Ken Burns; Leave; Losing; Military occupational specialty (MOS); Normal; Orders; Outlook; Preparation; Questioning; Reactions; Religion; Soldiers; Training; Winning

Subjects: Basic training (Military education); Military life.; United States. Army.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Psychological aspects; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

00:14:37 - Arrival in Vietnam

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Partial Transcript: Now elements of the 25th Infantry Division had started arriving in Vietnam at the end of December of 1965...

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about being sent to Vietnam as a replacement for a soldier coming home. He talks about the plane ride over and the locations where they had layovers. He talks about his first impressions of Vietnam and how he felt.

Keywords: 25th Infantry Division; 3rd Brigade; 4th Infantry; Airplanes; Armored personnel carriers (APCs); Arrival; Awareness; Cam Ranh Bay; Cincinnati (Ohio); Civilian aircraft; Danger; First impressions; Guam; Helicopters; In country; Jungle boots; Jungle fatigues; Jungles; Maps; Mentality; Merged; Orders; Processing; Realizations; Replacements; Scared; Seattle (Wash.); Smells; Tan Son Nhut Air Base; Uniforms

Subjects: Attitude (Psychology); Military life.; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Psychological aspects; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

00:28:58 - Meals and showers in Vietnam

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Partial Transcript: So, uh, when they flew you by chopper from Tan Son Nhut, did they take you to Củ Chi?

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about the types of food they were given in Vietnam. He mentions soldiers' drinking and drug use. He talks about how they showered in the field.

Keywords: 3rd Corps; C-Rations; Cigarettes; Củ Chi Base Camp; Drinking; Drug use; Field; Food; Marijuana; Meals; Saigon (Vietnam); Showers; Tan Son Nhut Air Base

Subjects: Alcohol; Drugs.; Military life.; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

00:32:22 - Mortar track tactics

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Partial Transcript: So how did you wind up in the Headquarters Company of the Triple Deuce?

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about being part of Headquarters Company on the mortar track. He talks about their armor, how coordinates were plotted, and their targets. He talks about some of the locations they were in, including Núi Bà Đen, Ho Bo Woods, and Tây Ninh. He talks about other groups of soldiers in Vietnam, including the 'tunnel rats' and the Wolfhounds.

Keywords: Aiming; Armor; Armored personnel carriers (APCs); Calling cards; Command tracks; Củ Chi Base Camp; Củ Chi tunnels; Ears; Fighting; Fire bases; Firing; Headquarters Company; Ho Bo Woods (Vietnam); Insignia; Listening posts (LPs); Machine gunners; Maps; Monsoon season; Mortar tracks; Núi Bà Đen (Black Virgin Mountain) (Vietnam); Platoons; Plotting coordinates; Rain; Replacements; Rubber tree plantations; Shooting; Tactics; Targets; Tunnel rats; Tây Ninh (Vietnam); Wolfhounds

Subjects: Artillery.; Combat.; Firearms.; Military life.; Soldiers.; Strategy.; Tactics; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Equipment and supplies.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; Weapons.

00:45:48 - Weapons and equipment

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Partial Transcript: How was the 25th Division organized?

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about the military hierarchy of his mortar track. He talks about the types of equipment and weapons they used, including grenade launchers, claymores, and machine guns, as well as various types of ammunition. He talks briefly about the Viet Cong's equipment.

Keywords: 1st Platoon; 22nd Brigade; 25th Division; Ammunition; Armor; Armored personnel carriers (APCs); Claymores; Enemy; Grenade launchers; Headquarters Company; Infantry; M16 rifle; M18 Claymore mine; Machine guns; Mortars; Rifle companies; Rounds; Security; Sleep; Squads; Tet Offensive; Viet Cong; White phosphorus (WP)

Subjects: Artillery.; Combat.; Firearms.; Military life.; Soldiers.; Strategy.; Tactics; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Equipment and supplies.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; Weapons.

00:51:25 - More on his arrival and mission in Vietnam

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Partial Transcript: Do you remember the exact day of your arrival in Vietnam?

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks more about the day he arrived in Vietnam. He talks about meeting his company in the field, as well as the history of his company prior to his arrival. He talks about their mission as support for rifle squads.

Keywords: 25th Infantry Division; 3rd Brigade; 4th Division; Ambushes; Armored personnel carriers (APCs); Arrival; Assignments; Claymores; Củ Chi Base Camp; Field; Headquarters Company; In country; Iron Triangle; Military draft; Missions; Promotions; Rifle squads; Riflemen; Support

Subjects: Artillery.; Combat.; Firearms.; Military life.; Soldiers.; Strategy.; Tactics; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Equipment and supplies.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; Weapons.

00:59:31 - Leadership in Vietnam

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Partial Transcript: Obviously, you know, in the Headquarters Company, um, you had a commander.

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about his commanding officers in Vietnam and how they were affected by the rotation system of constantly moving new soldiers and commanders in.

Keywords: Commanders; Headquarters Company; Lieutenants; Platoon leaders; Procedures; Rotation; Squad leaders; Superior officers; Track commanders

Subjects: Leadership.; Military life.; Soldiers.; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

01:03:05 - Relationships with fellow soldiers

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Partial Transcript: What kind of reception did you get, um, when you got to your, your platoon and your squad?

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about how he was received by his platoon when he first arrived in Vietnam. He talks about his friends in Vietnam and how unit cohesion was impacted by the rotation system.

Keywords: Attitudes; Closeness; Contact; Friends; Friendships; In touch; Learning; Morale; New; Personal weapons; Problems; Reception; Reliance; Rotation system; Training; Unit cohesion

Subjects: Attitude (Psychology); Military life.; Soldiers.; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Social aspects.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

01:08:36 - Iron Triangle and Tet Offensive tactics

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Partial Transcript: What was the Iron Triangle?

Segment Synopsis: Boling describes the Iron Triangle's varying types of terrain, the firepower their mortar track had as a mechanized unit, and the types of air support they received. He describes their tactics and equipment during the Tet Offensive in Cambodia.

Keywords: Air support; Arc light; Armored personnel carriers (APCs); Boeing B-52 Stratofortress; Bombing; Cambodia; Danger; Douglas AC-47 Spooky ("Puff, the Magic Dragon"); Firepower; Firing; Iron Triangle; Jets; Jungles; Mechanized units; Mortar tracks; Moving; Napalm; Phantoms; Rice paddies; Rubber tree plantations; Strategies; Terrain; Tet Offensive

Subjects: Artillery.; Combat.; Firearms.; Military life.; Soldiers.; Strategy.; Tactics; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Equipment and supplies.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; Weapons.

01:15:22 - Operation Junction City and awareness of operations while in Vietnam

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Partial Transcript: Operation Cedar Falls had taken place in January of 1967.

Segment Synopsis: Boling discusses his possible participation in Operation Junction City. He talks about his limited contact with Vietnamese civilians. He talks about soldiers' general lack of awareness and knowledge of the operations they were participating in.

Keywords: 25th Infantry Division; Awareness; Children; Civilians; Depopulated; Iron Triangle; Knowledge; Names; Objectives; Operation Cedar Falls; Operation Junction City; Operations; Orders; Perspectives; Soldier's mentality; Viet Cong; Villages; World War II

Subjects: Artillery.; Combat.; Military life.; Soldiers.; Strategy.; Tactics; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Campaigns.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

01:21:25 - Tet Offensive

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Partial Transcript: What was it like to fight the Viet Cong?

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about what it is like to fight a guerilla war. He talks more about his participation in the Tet Offensive and the role of Cambodia in the war prior to that battle. He describes the combat during the Offensive.

Keywords: Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN); Attacks; Base camps; Bombing; Borders; Cambodia; Contact; Enemy; Firing; Front lines; Guerilla warfare; Ho Chi Minh Trail (Vietnam); Invasions; Iron Triangle; Jets; Killed in action (KIA); Mortars; Napalm; Operation Cedar Falls; Operation Junction City; Overrun; Sanctuary; Snipers; Tet Offensive; Viet Cong

Subjects: Artillery.; Combat.; Firearms.; Military life.; Soldiers.; Strategy.; Tactics; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Campaigns.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Equipment and supplies.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; Weapons.

01:28:21 - Viet Cong

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Partial Transcript: Did you respect the Viet Cong as fighters?

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about how he felt about the Viet Cong as soldiers and mentions his first contact with a Viet Cong prisoner. He talks about how the military attempts to dehumanize its enemies.

Keywords: Actions; Americans; Casualties; Dehumanizing; Families; Fighters; General William Childs Westmoreland; Helicopters; Mentality; Pictures; Prisoners; Respect; Tet Offensive; Tough; Viet Cong; Walking; War

Subjects: Artillery.; Attitude (Psychology); Combat.; Firearms.; Military life.; Soldiers.; Strategy.; Tactics; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Campaigns.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Equipment and supplies.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Psychological aspects; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; Weapons.

01:32:50 - Getting wounded

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Partial Transcript: Well you got wounded.

Segment Synopsis: Boling describes the night he got injured by a mortar. He talks about not being aware of his injury at first, and he talks about the medical treatment he received.

Keywords: Awareness; Base camps; Casts; Command tents; Củ Chi Base Camp; Evacuation; Firepower; Firing; Fluid; Hit; Knees; Locations; Mortars; Nights; Shrapnel; Surgery; Surgical operations; Tents; Wounded

Subjects: Artillery.; Attitude (Psychology); Combat.; Firearms.; Medical care.; Military life.; Soldiers.; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Psychological aspects; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; War wounds.; Weapons.; Wounds and injuries.

01:39:33 - Equipment used by the Viet Cong / Second wound

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Partial Transcript: What kind of weapons were the Viet Cong and, and, uh, the North Vietnamese equipped with besides AK-47s?

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about the types of weapons and equipment used by the Viet Cong soldiers. He talks about his limited contact with Vietnamese civilians. He talks about being wounded a second time, by a burn from an explosive.

Keywords: AK-47; Armored personnel carriers (APCs); Arms; Burns; Charges; Claymores; Contact; Danger; Explosives; Field hospitals; Hurt; Machine guns; Mortar tracks; Mortars; Mud; Protection; Purple Heart; Rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs); Saigon (Vietnam); Surgical soap; Viet Cong; Vietnamese civilians; Villages; Wounded

Subjects: Artillery.; Attitude (Psychology); Combat.; Firearms.; Medical care.; Military life.; Soldiers.; Strategy.; Tactics; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Equipment and supplies.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Psychological aspects; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; War wounds.; Weapons.; Wounds and injuries.

01:47:06 - Locations he fought at in Vietnam

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Partial Transcript: Did you have any idea that you were facing the 9th Viet Cong Division?

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks more about the Viet Cong soldiers. He talks about some of the locations at which he fought, including rubber tree plantations, Ho Bo Woods, and Devil's Playground. He talks about surviving insects, diseases, and water supplies.

Keywords: 9th Viet Cong Division; Awareness; Bug spray; Bugs; Devil's Playground (Vietnam); Ho Bo Woods (Vietnam); Inoculations; Insects; Locations; Malaria pills; Malaria shots; Mushroom; Rubber tree plantations; Salt tablets; Tough; Water; Women

Subjects: Artillery.; Combat.; Firearms.; Military life.; Soldiers.; Strategy.; Tactics; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Equipment and supplies.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; Weapons.

01:51:27 - Experience of being in combat

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Partial Transcript: Tell me what it's like to be in combat.

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about the experience of being in combat. He talks about his feelings while being under fire, and discusses his own duties during battle. He talks about his job compared to that of soldiers in other positions. He talks about what he felt his goal in the war was, and talks about the difficulty of not receiving feedback about how he was affecting the war.

Keywords: Armored personnel carriers (APCs); Battles; Body bags; Bullets; Charges; Communism; Communist aggression; Defend; Defense; Feedback; Firing; Freedom; Goals; Help; Infantry; Isolated; Jets; Jobs; Killed in action (KIA); Mentality; Monkeys; Noise; Over; Patrol; Plotting coordinates; Recognition; Rounds; Scared; Snakes; Sounds; Spiders; Staying alive; Tet Offensive; Tracers; Training; Tunnels; Under fire; United States

Subjects: Artillery.; Attitude (Psychology); Combat.; Firearms.; Military life.; Soldiers.; Strategy.; Tactics; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Equipment and supplies.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Psychological aspects; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; Weapons.

02:03:25 - Contact with the outside world while in Vietnam

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Partial Transcript: Of course you--I'm sure everyone kept track of their, um, their, their--I guess it's called DEROS?

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about soldiers counting down the days until their tour in Vietnam was over. He talks about receiving letters and listening to the radio.

Keywords: "Short timers"; Arrival; Calendars; Care packages; Current events; Cut off; Date Estimated Return From Overseas (DEROS); Date of expected return from overseas; Doubts; Headquarters Company; In country; Letters; Mail; News; Radio; Survival; Time

Subjects: Attitude (Psychology); Correspondence.; Military life.; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Psychological aspects; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Social aspects.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

02:08:10 - More on relationships with fellow soldiers

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Partial Transcript: You visited the Wall in Washington, right?

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about how he felt when he visited the Vietnam Memorial in Washington, D.C. He talks about whether there were racial problems in his platoon, discusses soldiers' drug use in Vietnam, and talks more about military leadership.

Keywords: Ability; Alcohol; Childhood; Command; Confidence; Drug use; Emotional; Fragging; Friends; Insubordination; Killed in action (KIA); Marijuana; Medics; Memorial Wall; Mentality; Officers; Platoons; Race relations; Racial problems; Vietnam Veterans Memorial; Washington (D.C.)

Subjects: Attitude (Psychology); Leadership.; Military life.; Soldiers.; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--African Americans.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Psychological aspects; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Social aspects.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Veterans--United States; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

02:16:18 - Opinions on body counts and the progress of the war

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Partial Transcript: I remember interviewing a World War Two veteran who was in the invasion of New Britain in the South Pacific...

Segment Synopsis: Boling discusses his opinion on the practice of counting dead enemies to report to the media. He talks about the idea of "winning" the war.

Keywords: Adrenaline; Army of the Republic of Vietnam (ARVN); Body counts; Firing; General William Childs Westmoreland; Helicopters; Hippies; Hit; Jungles; Mortar tracks; Mortars; Opinions; Progress; Statistics; Tet Offensive; Winning

Subjects: Artillery.; Attitude (Psychology); Combat.; Firearms.; Leadership.; Military life.; Soldiers.; Strategy.; Tactics; United States. Army. Infantry Division, 25th; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Equipment and supplies.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Psychological aspects; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Social aspects.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Veterans--United States; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.; Weapons.

02:24:25 - Leaving Vietnam

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Partial Transcript: Tell me about the day you, you left the field to go home.

Segment Synopsis: Boling describes the day he left Vietnam. He talks about continuing his service at Fort Campbell as part of the military burial squad.

Keywords: 21 gun salutes; Casualties; Cincinnati (Ohio); Colonel Arthur L. Kelly; Củ Chi Base Camp; Families; Flight; Fort Campbell (Ky.); Honor; Leave; Leaving; Military burials; Military funerals; Mothers; Orders; Reception; Saigon (Vietnam)

Subjects: Attitude (Psychology); Military life.; Soldiers.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Psychological aspects; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Social aspects.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Veterans--United States; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

02:29:42 - Effects of the Vietnam War

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Partial Transcript: Did you have any problems with PTSD afters--afterwards?

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about whether he was affected by PTSD after returning from the war. He discusses whether he believes the war had a purpose in light of the United States' current relationship with Vietnam. He talks about whether anyone learned from the war.

Keywords: "Worth it"; American involvement; Benefits; Casualties; Communism; Communists; Current; Drones; Effects; Front lines; Goals; Ideology; Impersonal; Indirect; Killed in action (KIA); Learning; Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD); Purpose; Relations; Respect; Results; Sacrifice; Saigon (Vietnam); Thoughts; Today; Trade agreements; Warfare; Winning

Subjects: Attitude (Psychology); Military life.; Politics and war.; Soldiers.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Influence.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Psychological aspects; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Social aspects.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Veterans--United States; Vietnam War, 1961-1975.

02:37:51 - Life after returning from the war

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Partial Transcript: Well, to wrap this up, just give me, um, an outline of what you did with your life after you came home.

Segment Synopsis: Boling talks about his life from the end of the war to present day. He talks about his wife, children, and grandchildren. He talks about his various jobs and the businesses he owned. He talks about how he would like Vietnam veterans to be remembered. The interview is concluded.

Keywords: AAMCO Transmission and Total Car Care; Adjustment; Business ownership; Businesses; Children; Daughters; Factories; Faith; Family; Franchises; Fugazi Business College; Grandchildren; Houses; Jobs; Lexington (Ky.); Life insurance; Married; Military experiences; Patriotism; Purchase; Religion; Retirement; Sacrifices; Teachers; Wife

Subjects: Businesspeople; Families.; Small business--Kentucky; Small business--Ownership; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Influence.; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Veterans--United States