Absolutely do not miss this interview when I interviewed an amazing, and I mean amazing person, Robert Barrett I also interviewed his daughter Lori Bakken. Robert was shot down in 1967 and spent over 1989 days in captivitythe Hanoi Hilton and the Zoo, which were prisoner of war camps. He is 92, sharp as […]

Vietnam Series ~ Episode 6B ~ Donut Dollies

June 8th, 2021 - Posted in

The Donut Dollies are no different in many ways from the males who fought the war . As a group of female Red Cross volunteers, the Donut Dollies officially began traveling with American soldiers during World War II. On a surface level, their roles seemed simple: provide wholesome entertainment and a “taste” of home to […]

Vietnam Series ~ Episode 6A ~ Phil Mahurin

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Phil Mahurin was in a group that did pacification in local Vietnamese villages. He played a clarinet in a fairly large band in the villages and worked with doctors and dentists to provide services to the villagers.

Vietnam Series ~ Episode 5B ~ Mike Allen

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Mike Allen graduated several years behind me from Ellensburg High School. He was a Marine, did his duty and got back to the world.

Vietnam Series ~ Episode 5A ~ Allen Aronica

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  Allen Aronica graduated in 1966 from Ellensburg High School. By October of the same year he was in Viet Nam slogging through the mud.   He was injured twice and medi-vacced because of booby traps. One incident could have easily killed him. For these injuries he received Purple Heart awards. He did search and […]

Vietnam Series ~ Episode 4B ~ Jim McFarland

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Jim McFarland graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1965. He supervised a squad of soldiers who repaired Chinook helicopters in Vietnam.

Vietnam Series ~ Episode 4A ~ Lloyd Webster

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Lloyd Webster graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1966 and joined the marines. He served in Vietnam repairing highly complex components of jet planes who used auto-pilot.

Vietnam Series ~ Episode 3A ~ Mike Dorsey

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Mike Dorsey graduated from Ellensburg High School in 1966. He served the army in Vietnam as a combat soldier and as a machine gunner on a Huey or “slick”.

Vietnam Series ~ Episode 3B ~ Dennis Larsen

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Dennis Larsen taught school with me at Chinook Junior High School in the Highline School District in 1972.   During the time he spent in Vietnam he was with an elite group of soldiers who trained with dogs and served as point-men to search out and find Viet Cong and report their location.   He […]

Bruce Haulman lives on Vashon Island and is a retired history professor. He has taught the history of the War in Vietnam and is an expert on Vashon history. Christopher Gaynor is a Vietnam Combat Veteran and also lives on Vashon with his partner. Mr. Haulman discusses the history of many years of war in […]