The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

Vietnam Veterans Offer Interviews

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Thursday, 23 August 2012 14:29

Sixteen Vietnam veterans offered to be interviewed for the Boomer project after they read the story about Roy Moseman's interview in the Athens Banner Herald on Tuesday, August 21.

Roy was the sixth veteran to be interviewed by Mary Kay Mitchell, who retired from WUGA as news director and now is on the advisory board for The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning. CLICK HERE to listen to the entire interview.

Roy served in Vietnam from 1967 to 1968 and was so young that he wasn't even old enough to buy a beer after he returned. He served in the Mobile Riverine Force in the U. S. Army on a Tango boat, traveling up and down rivers and canals in the jungles of South Vietnam for 3 or 4 days at a time.

Even with three purple hearts, Roy credits his experience there to giving him confidence to try new things as an adult who established his own successful electrical contracting business.  He is also frank about suffering from PTSD, and attends a support groups in Athens to help him with that.

When he returned from Vietnam, Roy said some people were simply indifferent to his experience in Vietnam, while others, including professors and fellow students at UGA were openly critical of the soldiers in Vietnam.  Roy never admitted to them that he was a veteran.

Look for more interesting stories from our area Vietnam Vets in the weeks to come.  Mary Kay will conduct interviews during the fall and early winter until we've heard all the stories veterans want to tell.  If you have a story you'd like to share with us, CONTACT US on this website or call Madeline Darnell, program coordinator, 706-613-3650.


Life in the Tate Family

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Tuesday, 24 July 2012 10:53

Jeff Tate was born, raised and still lives in this historic Barrow - Tate house on Dearing Street, Athens, GA.  The house, no longer covered in vines as in this 1909 photo, is full of Jeff's memories growing up in Athens when "it was a different time."

Jeff spins some amusing stories as he tells about being in "cahoots" with his nannies in the days of segregation. He describes a safer time when children could do "fabulous" things by themselves, like go to the movies and take music lessons without an adult to accompany them.

As a house-husband he also raised his children in this house, teaching them to read while watching Fellini movies with subtitles.

Stories of his father, the legendary Dean William Tate of the University of Georgia, describe the "frightening" days of threats to his father and family because of Dean Tate's determination to have the University of Georgia peacefully integrated.

On the lighter side he tells an amusing story of how Dean Tate helped Coach Wally Butts recruit for the football team in competition with Georgia Tech's coach Bobby Dodd.

FOLLOW THIS LINK to hear and enjoy the entire interview of Jeff Tate by Mary Kay Mitchell.




Terrell Jones: Vietnam Should Have Been a Quick Win

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Monday, 09 July 2012 09:54

Terrell Jones learned to fly an aircraft during his military training, and emphasized that it was his enjoyment of flying that kept him in the military before and during the Vietnam War.  He recalled how demanding it was flying a C-130 in and out of Vietnam from his station in the Philippines, but said he liked the demands and challenges as well as the close association with other military people.

CLICK HERE to watch Terrell's interview by Mary Kay Mitchell.  One question remains after all these years, he lamented.  "Why weren't we allowed to win?"  From Terrell's point of view the U. S. army had all the equipment and know how to make the war short and victorious, and he never understood why the military leaders at the time "wouldn't allow us to win."

After the war, Terrell had a career flying commercial international and domestic passenger aircraft.

The Boomers: Reflecting, Sharing, Learning is a program from the Athens Regional Library and Lyndon House Arts Center exploring new ways to offer life long learning to our community.  Generally Boomers suggest the programs, but the partners hope to serve the entire community.  Please contact Madeline Darnell This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 706-613-3650 ext. 343 if you are a Vietnam Vet who would like to share your story, or if you'd like to participate in our project in some other way.


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