In this episode, Bo Millsaps, then a young Marine in Vietnam in 1969, describes the sorts of operations they would conduct, the fear that often gripped him, and how he dealt with it.
Michael "Bo" Millsaps served in-country with the U.S. Marines from February 1969 to August 1970, a time he characterized as living in the bush, trying to find the enemy and at other times trying to keep from being found. His awards included a Purple Heart and the Cross of Gallantry.
This interview was conducted May 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)
Part of the Vietnam Voices project is the Tennessee Vietnam War Roundtable, a monthly online meeting (via Zoom) of people who have been interviewed for the project and others interested in the Vietnam War. You are welcomed and encouraged to join us on the second Monday of each month at 7 p.m. Eastern time.
The Zoom link to join us is: https://tennessee.zoom.us/j/99528787603