After the 9/11 attacks, I felt like I wanted to become part of American history – to become part of something larger than myself.
I was drafted 6 months before I would have been too old for the draft. I think that too often the Vietnam war is not given it’s proper place in history in the schools, again because it was such an unpopular war.
I was in Vietnam 5 months 17 days during that time in three major campaigns. Wounded twice as a team leader.
I am a Chicano, son of Mexican Immigrants. My father, also a soldier fought in the Mexican Revolution of 1910. I am a retired Psychologist. I worked at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln for 38 years. Currently, I am a community activist.