Dear Readers. I apologize for my delay in posting more Vietnam War testimonials on this site. I have now around 120 additional interviews that are not transcribed. Every now and then I have to take a break from transcribing to work on other projects. But I promise that later in the spring and early in the summer I will again start posting first-person accounts of the war and after.
Sitting on my desk, awaiting transcription are the following.
1. Interview with Tran Kim Phuong, last South Vietnam Ambassador to the US. (6 hours, recorded in his home).
2. Interview with Bill Applegate, US Army,(1.5 hours)Col. William G. Applegate USA (Ret) After a long and courageous struggle William Applegate, Sr. passed away peacefully, surrounded by family and friends on May 27 2009 at the age of 90. Bill was a devoted husband and dedicated father, beloved grandfather, and cherished great grandfather. He is preceded by his loving wife Dorothy. He is mourned by his son Bill and his wife Conchita, son Robert, and daughter Mary (and partner Christopher); his grandchildren Kenneth (Clarice), Michael, Paul, Marie (Mikie), and James; and his great grandchildren Keilani, Natasha, Vivien, William Kalel and Anthony Zane. Bill is also mourned by his loving sister Buddy Rowley and her daughters Susan and Sally. His family and friends will greatly miss his gentleness, kindness, generosity, great patience and his special compassion for people. Colonel William "Bill" Applegate was a 32 year veteran of the U.S. Army, with service to country spanning three wars: WWII, Korea and Vietnam. Bill was a soldier's soldier, respected by his troops and superiors alike. He received numerous awards and citations. His resilient yet gentle character harkens to his pioneer-like upbringing in Montana. He was a great " ambassador "for America in his many overseas tours. Bill was an avid outdoor sportsman and had great respect for the environment. Bill was actively involved in family, church and community. He was a Scoutmaster, a member of the Knights of Columbus. and a strong pro-life supporter, especially for the unborn. Visitation for family and friends will begin at 5 p.m. on Wednesday, June 3rd at St. Stephen Church, 601 Eucalyptus Dr., San Francisco with a Rosary/Vigil service to be held later that evening at 7 p.m. also at St. Stephens. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday, June 4th at St. Stephens Church with a committal and full Military Honors to immediately follow Mass at Holy Cross Catholic Cemetery, 1500 Old Mission Road, Colma, CA.
3. Interview with Steve Stewart, USAF (1.5 hours).
4. Interview with Jeff Ashley, CIA Saigon (6 Hours).
5. Daniel Ellsberg,(4 hours, recorded at his home)
6. The late Henry Prunier of the OSS Dear Team. Interviewed for two hours along with other members of the team.
Thanks for your patience. LDE