Most of the armed servicemen in Vietnam were in non-combat roles. One was Buddy Mitchell, who found himself in the "Peace Corps with a gun."
Horace "Buddy" Mitchelll served in Vietnam June 1969 to June 1970 in the First Air Cavalry. He was an artillery sergeant in the Fire Direction Center, but spent much of his time in what he described as a "Peace-Corp-with-a-rifle," in which he worked extensively with the Vietnamese people. It was part of the larger "hearts and minds" campaign being conducted at the time to aid the people.
He was interviewed October 9, 2019, by William Minser.
The full audio interview can be heard at: http://bit.ly/vv-buddymitchell
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)