Reflecting, Sharing, Learning

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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.

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.

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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: ReflectingPhoto of Roy Moseman., Sharing, Learning. 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.

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