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William Timothy O'Brien - Interview with William Timothy O'Brien: clip: In country, there was no sense of mission or even where he was other than his province; has been in contact with six members of his platoon; learned that there is no typical Vietnam veteran and that he can only speak for his own experience there; a "hearty, pranksterish" mood among the men disappeared once the fighting started; platoon leader was beloved by all his men but O’Brien, who found his treatment of the locals distasteful; the man committed suicide not long after he came home; much later, O’Brien met his son, only six when his father died, and whom O’Brien sees as a fellow veteran of the war.
15:38 to 21:23 (05:45)