Jacob Darnel

 

Jacob Darnel enlisted in the Marines shortly after graduating from high school in Kentucky. He learned cryptography, and was assigned to Paris to help establish the Defense Command Agency. He would also be assigned to Vietnam to help run a message center near Da Nang Harbor.

This interview was recorded at the Bedford VA Medical Center; interview conducted by volunteer Jim Ramsey.

 

John Lobberecht (audio only)

 

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.

Ronald Michael

 

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.

 

 

Ron Michael points to his aunt’s name on the Veterans Wall, Morse Institute Library, Natick

 

Ron Michael with his unit in Beirut

 

Ron Michael, congratulatory letter

William McCarthy

 

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.