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Additional Resources Relating to Earl Jacobson's Interview

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Online Resources about the Vietnam War: 
Books from NYPL's Catalog:
General Histories of the American War in Vietnam:
Oral Histories and Memoirs:
Novels
  • The 13th Valley by John M. Del Vecchio, published 1982. A group of American airbourne infantry find themselves stranded in a Vietnamese valley for 12 horrible days.
  • Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes, published 2010. A very successful Vietnam novel, it tells the story of a Marine and his peers who fight in the war and become men, see the harsh sides of war and the military, and learn all sorts of new things.
  • The Sorrow of War by Bao Ninh, published 1993. A novel that views the other side of the war and this book was first published, against the Vietnamese government's wishes. It tells the story of a soldier and the discoveries he makes while in the war.
  • Going After Cacciato by Tim O'Brien, published 1999. O'Brien's most well known book about the war; he shows the reader the horrors of the war, blending fact and fiction together for a spell-binding story.
  • The Things They Carried by Tim O'Brien, published 2009. A collection of short stories about several different men, O'Brien once again shows his the reader the horrors and impacts of the war.
Items Related to Stories Told in Interview:
  • Mr. Jacobson began his service when he enrolled in Reserve Officer's Traning Corps (ROTC). The history and significance of this program can be found in this definition from the Encyclopedia of War and American Society.
  • While Mr. Jacobson had the benefit of having ROTC on his campus, after the Vietnam War, some of the United States' elite colleges banned ROTC programs on their campuses. In a New York Times article from October 2009 entitled "The R.O.T.C. Dilemma", the author, Michael Winerip, describes the problems students face who attend these universities and want to be a part of ROTC. It took about three years, but in this New York Times article from March 2012 entitled "Ban Lifted, R.O.T.C. to Return to Harvard's Campus," author James Dao explains how ROTC made a comeback to these elite universities.
  • Mr. Jacobson mentions McNamara's Wall early in the interview. McNamara is Robert Strange McNamara, who was the Secretary of Defense (in the interview Jacobson says State) from 1961-1968. A brief biography from the Encyclopedia of the Vietnam War: A Political, Social, and Military History provides the necessary foundation information. In 2004, McNamara was part of a documentary The Fog of War: Eleven Lessons From the Life of Robert McNamara.
  • In his interview, Mr. Jacobson talks about "VD," venereal disease. Gale US History in Context, gives a brief overview of sexually transmitted diseases, and Credo Reference provides an overview of medicine used during the Vietnam War.
  • A 2012 blog post by Tim Hsia in the New York Times "At War" blog highlighting the way Americans treated Vietnam veterans when they first returned home. This is a point Mr. Jacobson touches on in his interview; he often would not tell people he was in Vietnam because the first question he often heard was "How many babies did you kill?"
  • Mr. Jacobson took advantage of the GI Bill when he returned home from Vietnam. To learn more about these bills and their impact on the lives of veterans, see a brief overview from Gale US History in Context, an academic book found in the Schwarzman Building called The GI Bill by Kathleen Frydl, published 2009, or a circulating book called The GI Bill: A New Deal for Veterans by Gleen C. Altschuler, published 2009.
  • A short clip from Bob Hope's Christmas show in 1967. A longer clip of Bob Hope reflecting on his programs in Vietnam can also be watched. Mr. Jacobson talks about how he enjoyed the Bob Hope show and when he returned home, he watched the show to see some of his peers on TV.
Return to Earl Jacobson's interview.
Return to The NYC Veterans Oral History Homepage.

 

 

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