Monday, February 25, 2013

This is what Oral History is All About

This is from the fifth session of the oral history interview with Antoine Roy.  It probably won't help with my dissertation, but represents the interesting type of thing you can come across.  I've never hear any Vietnam veteran discuss finding enemy burial plots before this.

I remember one scene that’s really special from that day burned into my mind. We’re going along the ridge and the land went up a little bit to the right. Off to the left it went over maybe about thirty feet kind of flat and then dropped off steeply down towards the valley on that side. There was a little flat area. It was a graveyard and it had just been dug that morning. There were little—there were star— they’d take a strip of bamboo and at the top of the strip they’d fold it so it formed a star. In the bottom part of that long strip of bamboo they’d stick into the ground. There must have been, oh gee thirty graves at least there. It was very quiet, very peaceful. It was a very beautiful little area. I guess you know, if you have to be buried on a battlefield or near the battlefield, it was a nice place to be buried. I still see it so easily.
Interview with Antoine Roy,  No Date, Antoine Roy Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University. Accessed 3 Jan. 2013. .

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