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"A girl turned around in class. I'm 22 years old, been there and back in my mind. She's 18, fresh out of high school. And in the middle of a zoology discussion, she asks me, 'So what's it feel like to kill somebody?'" (Oral history transcript)

   Steven Joseph Hyde
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War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975; Afghan War, 2001-; Iraq War, 2003-2011
Branch: Army; Army; Army
Unit: Company A, 4th Aviation Battalion, 4th Infantry Division; 1st Aviation Brigade; Iowa Army National Guard
Service Location: Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri; Fort Rucker, Alabama; Fort Lewis, Washington; Fort Campbell, Kentucky; Vietnam; also: Afghanistan; also: Iraq
Rank: Sergeant; Command Sergeant Major
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Command Sergeant Major Steven Joseph Hyde joined the Army in August of 1965, three weeks after his high school graduation. By January of 1967, he was in Vietnam, serving as a crew chief aboard a Huey helicopter that ferried supplies, ammo, troops, and casualties. Coming home was difficult; though he gave college a shot, ultimately the lack of understanding from his fellow students was too much to bear. Six years later, he joined the Iowa National Guard, and nearly 30 years later, deployed twice to the Middle East following the September 11th terrorist attacks. At the time of his oral history interview, he was pursuing an undergraduate degree in human resource management.

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