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"You asked how it looked up here, well, I have a camera now, and the last few days I’ve been taking pictures…" (Letter to Raymond, undated)

   Richard Segovia
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Richard Segovia, Vietnam [1971]
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army
Unit: Company C, 1st Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment (Airborne), 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile); California Army National Guard
Service Location: Fort Ord, California; Vietnam
Rank: Specialist Four
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A machine gunner who served with the 101st Airborne Division (Airmobile), Specialist Four Richard Segovia arrived in Vietnam in late 1971, just in time for Thanksgiving. The 210 photographs in his collection, sent home to his family with explanatory captions, offer views of Vietnam from the ground and also from the air. His oral history interview fills in what his snapshots leave out, such as the challenges of basic training, the hazing he experienced when he first arrived in country, the loss of good friends in combat, and his leadership approach. Remembering his early days in Vietnam, he treated those under him with kindness, and never gave his men jobs that he wouldn’t do himself.

Interview (Video)
»Interview Highlights  (3 clips)
»Complete Interview 
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  Photos
»Photo Album  (210 photos)
 Official Documents
»View List (4 items)
 Personal Correspondence
»View List (8 items)
 Other Materials
»Pamphletts in Vietnamese
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»Personal Snapshots: Picturing the Vietnam War
 Video (Interview Excerpts) (3 items)
Received draft deferment because he was married with a child; received GED; lost deferment; shipped out to Fort Ord. (03:50) Basic training challenges; rigors of physical training; brought down the platoon’s scores; reaction of platoon. (03:03) Role as a machine gunner; incident in which a close friend was killed. (04:47)
  
 Official Documents (4 items)
Certificate of Extension of Enlistment in the California National Guard [12/2/1980] Certificate of Meritorious Service in the California National Guard [11/10/1981] Certificate of Training certifying that Segovia completed Screaming Eagle Combat Leaders Course [n.d.]
Safe-conduct pass  
  
 Personal Correspondence (8 items)
Letter to Raymond from Richard Segovia [2/10/1971] Letter to Raymond from Richard Segovia [3/27/1971] Letter to Raymond from Richard Segovia [4/2/1971]
Letter to Raymond from Richard Segovia [4/21/1971] Postcard to Mary Jane Segovia from Richard Segovia [5/25/1971] Letter to Raymond from Richard Segovia [5/25/1971]
Letter to Raymond from Richard Segovia [6/13/1971] Letter to Raymond from Richard Segovia [n.d.] 
  
 

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