David Wall joined the U.S. Marine Corps in 1967. After OCS training and a session at a Vietnamese language school in California, he was sent to Vietnam, where he served as a forward observer with I Corps.
This interview was recorded by students at UMass-Lowell.
John Lobberecht didn’t study much during high school and college, so he joined the Marines in 1983. He learned how to fly, and became a loadmaster on a C130; he served mostly in the United States, with a tour of duty in Okinawa. He said although he was a Marine serving in peacetime, he trained constantly in case he was called in action.
This interview was part of a program conducted by students at the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.
Ron Michael grew up in East Natick; several of his neighbors had served with the U.S. Marine Corps, and that’s where he enlisted in 1956, right out of high school. He would serve three years as an amphibian tractor repairman, serving in the United States and in Lebanon.
William McCarthy joined the Marine Corps in 1968, after graduating from Northeastern University with a degree in law enforcement. After infantry and commando training, McCarthy was sent to Vietnam, joining the “Hotel 2-4” (2nd Battalion, 4th Marine Regiment) of the 3rd Marine Division in the DMZ. McCarthy served six months as a machine gunner and scout, fighting the enemy nearly every day, until he was wounded.
Dan Callanan left Malden Catholic in February 1943 to join the Marine Corps, because his father had served with the Marines during World War I. Callanan would be trained as an aerial photographer, and would serve in North Carolina, Florida and at Midway Island in the Pacific Theater.
Dan Hubbard was born and raised in West Virginia. He served four years in the Army from 1957-61, went back to civilian life and decided it wasn’t for him. So he joined the Marines. Dan talks about his 20-plus year military career in both branches, including his two tours in Vietnam. Dan also talks about the way the military was treated by the media and the public in the 1960s.