Vietnam Voices

Vietnam Voices - Working with a K-9 unit

Episode Summary

Lee Barbee spent his career in the Air Force, including a year in Vietnam with the K9 corps. Here he recounts one night on the base when they came under attack from NVA, well-armed with satchel charges and successfully blowing up bombs stored at the base.

Episode Notes

Lee Barbee served 25 years in the military, including a tour in Vietnam in the K-9 corps.  He enlisted in the Air Force in 1970.  Part of his military career was as a reservist. His working years were spent in security, a career he continued upon his retirement from the military in 2005.

Lee was interviewed on September 17, 2019, at the Blount County Public Library.

His full audio interview is at

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.

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