Wayne Morris was commissioned a second lieutenant in Army infantry. In this episode, he recalls the firefight in which he suffered hearing loss and in which his platoon was decimated.
Wayne Morris was commissioned a second lieutenant in Army infantry. He arrived in Vietnam in late 1967. Morris led a platoon as part of a major battle in December 1967 -- a battle that led up to the Tet offensive at the end of January 1968.
Morris suffered a permanent loss of hearing as a result of this action. He was transferred out of combat and into a support role for the remainder of his tour. He ended up spending his career in the Army, retiring as a colonel.
This podcast is drawn from an interview conducted in May 2020 in Norris, Tennessee, by Edward Caudill and Billy Minser.
Vietnam Voices is a project of the Blount County Public Library in Maryville, TN, and supported by the Blount County Friends of the Library. Two volumes of interviews with Vietnam veterans have been published and are available on Amazon at these links:
Vietnam Voices: Stories of East Tennesseans Who Served in Vietnam, 1965-1975 (volume 1)
Vietnam Voices: Stories of Tennesseans Who Served in Vietnam, 1965-1975 (volume 2)