Vietnam Voices

Vietnam Voices - A very scary moment

Episode Summary

Army Sergeant Brent Hammonds describes an attack that the Viet Cong mounted against his air base.

Episode Notes

Brent Hammonds served in-country from September 1967 to March 1968.  He was a Communication Center Specialist, in an aviation company.   It involved finding enemy locations, but often dealing with classified information and forwarding it to military authorities in Saigon.  In this excerpt, he recounts coming under mortar attack while on base. 

He received medals and honors for Good Conduct, Vietnam Service, National Defense Service, Expert M14, Marksman M16. He enlisted at age 19, and trained at Fort Jackson, South Carolina, and Fort Gordon, Georgia, to become a Communication Center Specialist. 

His full audio interview is at

This podcast is drawn from an interview conducted on September 11, 2019, at the Blount County Public Library.


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)