Students in Mrs. Strubhart's U.S. History and Video Production classes at OTHS in O'Fallon, Illinois completed personal interviews of local veterans. Click on each veteran to watch the interviews.

Lt. Colonel Richard Anshus

Lt. Colonel Richard Anshus served in Vietnam as a Platoon Leader, Company Commander, and a Battalion Operations Officer with the Americal Division before being shot down on March 8, 1971. He was held as a prisoner of war in northern Vietnam in multiple camps such as the Zoo, Plantation Gardens, and at the Hanoi Hilton where he spent the majority of his time in captivity.

Mr. Wayne Ault

Wayne Ault served in the U.S. Air Force from 1963-1967. During the Vietnam War, he served with the 377 Combat Support Group at Ton San Nhut Air Base, Vietnam. He was a personnel specialist, assisting with delivering supplies to army and marine base camps

Lt.Col. Claude Barrow

Lt. Col. Claude Barrow was commissioned into the U.S. Air Force in 1958 and retired in 1984. He served in the 6th Weather Squad (Mobil); 1930th & 1995 COMM; AF Courier Service, the Defense Intelligence Agency in D.C.; Joint Service Command Thailand.

Mr. Edward Billups

Mr. Edward Billups enlisted in the United States Army during the Korean War. The Korean War ended before he could finish his basic training. He transferred to the Air Force and became a disaster preparedness NCO. He was stationed at the Phan Rang air base in Vietnam.

Colonel Al Brewer

Col. Al P.H. Brewer Jr. feverishly tried to persuade his parents to sign the papers that would allow him to join the military and when he turned 18 years old, he joined the United States Air Force. For 32 years, 9 months, and 36 days he proudly served our country in Korea, Vietnam, and various other Pacific and European areas.

Mr. John Bollwerk, Jr.

During Vietnam, Mr. John Bollwerk, Jr. was a pilot stationed at Narhom Phanom Royal Thai airbase. He was a forward air controller who patrolled the Ho Chi Minh Trail in Laos. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross with two Oak Leaf Clusters; air medal with two silver and four bronze oak leaf clusters, Vietnam Gallantry Cross with Palm; Vietnam Campaign Medal.

Sgt. Sherrell Byrd

Sgt. Sherrell Byrd was a combat infantry soldier during the Vietnam War, stationed in Quang Tri along the DMZ. He is the recipient of the Purple Heart with Oak Leaf Cluster, Vietnam Cross for Gallantry, and Bronze Star

Dr. Don Buser

Dr. Don Buser was beginning his private medical practice in February 1966 when he was drafted into the United States Army during the Vietnam War in 1966. He served as an anesthesiologist for the 24th Evacuation Hospital in Saigon, Vietnam.

Mr. Carl "Frank" Christie

Carl “Frank” Christie enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967. He served in Vietnam loading bombs and rockets on the F-4B and F-4J. He was awarded the Vietnam Service Medal with 3 stars, Vietnam Campaign Medal with Device, Cross of Gallantry with PEN, Good Conduct Medal, and National Defense Medal.

Mr. Dave Cordes

Mr. Dave Cordes was studying physics in graduate school when he was drafted into the U.S. Army. The draft board gave him an ultimatum – if he would renounce his conscientious objection to the war, they would send him to Germany to work on computers. However, if he did not renounce his objections, they would send him to the DMZ as a combat medic. Mr. Cordes stood by his convictions and served his country as a combat medic, receiving numerous awards for valor.

Col. Philip Goodwin

Colonel Goodwin entered the USAF one week out of high school. During Vietnam in 1966/1967, he was a fighter pilot, flying over 100 missions over North Vietnam, and 25 over Laos and Cambodia as part of Operation Rolling Thunder. He piloted the F105 fighter bombers, and was stationed primarily in Korat, Thialand during the war. He is the recipient of the Distinguished Flying Cross and eleven air medals.

Mr. John Hamill

"Freedom is not free, you have to fight for it." Mr. John Hamill enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps, serving from 1962 - 1967. During Vietnam, he helped with the protection of DaNang AFB and Hill 363. He was in the 1st Battalion, Charley Company, 3rd Marine Division.

Lt. Col Paul Heinrich

Lt. Col Paul Heinrich served in the United States Air Force from 1969 - 1995. He was a pilot of the C-9 Air Evac mission. During the Vietnam War, he was stationed at Clark AB, Philippines and his primary mission was to transport medical patients. Participated in Operation Babylift from Saigon - Tan Son Nhut Airport in 1975.

Mr. Gilbert Johnson

Mr. Gilbert Johnson served in the United States Army from 1966-1968 and was stationed primarily in CuChi, Vietnam. During this time, he served as a Platoon Sergeant, Tunnel Rat, and Recon Specialist. He was awarded the Silver Star for Valor.

Mrs. Mary Ann Ladic Koucky

As a young girl, Mary Ann Ladic (Koucky) moved to the Philippines with her family during the Great Depression. With the Japanese invasion during World War II, the Ladics were relocated to a POW camp in Manilla. Mrs. Ladic spent three years in POW camps, suffering severe hardship, brutality, and starvation.

Dr. Gerhard Malcharek

After the German Invasion of Czechoslovakia, Dr. Malcharek was forced into the German army at the age of 13, where he drove tanks along the front lines. He was captured by the Russians and spent time in a Russian POW camp. Following the war, he immigrated to the U.S., where he was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Mr. Andrew Metzkga

Mr. Metzkga was activated into the US Army three weeks after the Kent State Shootings. He was a heavy equipment maintenance operator and stand by riot control. During the Vietnam War, he was stationed in Waegwen, Korea and Bupyeong, Korea.

Colonel John Moore

Colonel John Moore was commissioned into the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. He served in the 555th Civil Engineering “Red Horse” Squadron. He was originally stationed in Cam Ranh Bay, but he spent most of his time in Tuy Hoa.

Mr. Clarence Miller

Clarence Earl Miller served in the U.S. Air Force from 1942 – 1946. He worked on airplanes as a crew chief and maintenance instructor during World War II at Fort Sill, Oklahoma.

Mr. Clarence Nail

Mr. Clarence Nail served in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War as a heavy equipment operator. He helped to build base camps,clearing roads and jungle. He served in the 9th Division, 15th Engineer in southern Vietnam.

George O'Bryan

Mr. O'Bryan served in the 66th Armored Infantry Battalion during WWII. He fought in France and Germany, before being captured as a POW prior to the Battle of the Bulge.

Mr. James Patterson

Mr. James Patterson enlisted in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He was a part of the Air Force Atlantic Fleet, and trained to be an aviator medal smith pilot, and flew the SNGA. He was scheduled to board the U.S.S. Indianapolis, but was removed from the mission shortly before it set sail on it’s ill–fated mission.

Mr. Norman Rains

Mr. Rains served in the United States Navy as an aviation machinist during World War II. He was stationed in Opa Looka, FL.

Col. "Leon" Ratcliff

Col. Ratcliff flew Huey helicopters during the Vietnam War and was the flight leader for combat assaults by air, logging over 1,048 hours. He earned the Distinguished Flying Cross, three Bronze Stars, Air Medal with V Device

Mr. Wayne Rick

Wayne Rick was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War in 1969. He was a combat infantry soldier in the "Big Red One" during the Tet Offensive. He also worked as a 'Tunnel Rat' and is the recipient of two purple hearts.

Mr. Robert Schultz

Mr. Robert Schultz enlisted in the United States Marine Corps during World War II shortly after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He was stationed on the U.S.S. California in the South Pacific, and operated the ship’s anti-aircraft guns.

Major Charles Smith

Major Charles Smith was commissioned into the U.S. Army Air Corp during WWII. He served as a B-29 pilot in the 315th Bomb Wing, 16th Bomb Group, 15th Squadron. A senior pilot, he flew night bombing raids over Japan.

Mr. Tom Sullivan

Thomas Edward Sullivan enlisted in the U.S. Air Force as an Air Traffic controller in 1966 and retired 1989. He served in the Air Force Communications Command in Vietnam. He was stationed in Tan Son and the Bien Hoa AB RVN in Vietnam.

Mr. Joseph Francis Thompson

Joseph Francis Thompson enlisted into the U.S. Air Force after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He served as a glider pilot in the 435th Group Troop Carrier & 77th Squadron during World War II. During his four years of service, from 1941-1945, he fought in D-Day, the Invasion of Southern France, the Battle of the Bulge, and Market Garden.

Colonel Robert Voss

Colonel Robert Voss was commissioned into the Army Air Corps on September 12, 1942. He served as a pilot of the B – 17 “Flying Fortress ” during World War II in the European Theater of Operations. He flew over 35 missions over Germany, a rare accomplishment.

Mr. Wayne Walsh

Mr. Wayne Walsh served in the United States Navy from 1968 to 1986. During his service in the Vietnam War, he was stationed on the U.S.S. Juneau LPD-10. On the ship, he was a Boatswain’s Mate, also known as an E-6. Most of Mr.Walsh’s time in the Vietnam War was spent serving on the Juneau, completing duties such as “swimmer detail.”

Mr. Phillip Wahlig

Mr. Philip Wahlig served as a combat radio operator and armored personnel carrier driver during the Vietnam War from 1969-1971.

Mr. Vernon Warren

Vernon Warren was a combat infantry soldier in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He served in the 25th Infantry Division, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Battalion. Notable battles include the Pusan Perimeter, Wansan, Kuniri. He was held as a POW by the Chinese.