Vietnam - Oral History

Vietnam Oral History

Chapter 9 is an excerpt from the oral interview of David H. Hansen. This chapter is 6 minutes 8 seconds in duration.The interview was conducted by Thomas Magedanz on behalf of the Vietnam Era Veterans Association, Inc.
(Vietnam Veterans Oral History Collection, 96-7. )



  1. After listening to the oral history interview, what questions does this raise in your mind about life for the United States soldier in Vietnam?

  2. Describe a typical day for David.

  3. As a tool of communicating a past event, what  do you think are the strengths or weaknesses of oral histories?

  4. Can you describe some of the items that were hauled in the heuy's?


In 1986, the South Dakota Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project compiled oral history interviews.  Thirty three veterans gave interviews on various topics relating to Vietnam including: basic training, the trip to Vietnam, being in the field, helicopter and aircraft stories, support groups, the Vietnamese, and their general thoughts on the war and the country. 

Chief Warrant Officer-2 David H. Hansen grew up in South Dakota. He was sent to Vietnam in 1969 where he served with the 101st Airborne Division based in Phu Bai and LZ Sally. He flew Huey helicopters. He held the Bronze Star, Air Medal, Army Commendation Medal, and Purple Heart among other campaign and service medals. He returned to the United States in 1970.