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The NYC Veterans Oral History Project: Earl Jacobson, Veteran Interview Part 1

February 19, 2013

Earl Jacobson (Part 1 of 2):

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Brief Biography:

Earl Jacobson recorded his oral history on February 20th, 2013. Mr. Jacobson was a captain in the United States Air Force during the Vietnam War. This interview was extra special because Mr. Jacobson was interviewed by his daughter, Emily, who is an employee at the New York Public Library. During his service, Mr. Jacobson spent time in Thailand, California, and Massachusetts. Mr. Jacobson believes he has gotten more out of the war than he put into it, a thought he feels most veterans share. In this interview, Mr. Jacobson discusses a wide variety of things: friendships, food, snake bites, jungle life, and much more.

Major points in interview Part I:
  • 1:00: Sent to Thailand
  • 8:44: Reactions and experiences in Thailand
  • 11:03: Friendships in the military
Major points in interview Part II:
  • 00:01: More stories about other soldiers he fought with and knew
  • 1:30: Mr. Jacobson's journey to feeling proud about serving
  • 3:18: Advice to others thinking about joining the military
  • 3:52: Other places Mr. Jacobson went while in the service
  • 8:00: Racism Mr. Jacobson witnessed during the Vietnam War
  • 11:05: Jungle life adjustments
  • 12:38: Readjusting to civilian life
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