Interview with R.D. Whitaker


  • Identifier: 2020 OH 040
  • Date: 11/30/2019
  • Interviewer: Mc Grew, Ian
  • Interviewee: Whitaker, R.D.
  • Description: R.D. Whitaker discusses his childhood and his experiences during the Vietnam War. In particular, Whitaker comments on his family, being drafted, how his faith helped him through battle training, his eventual position as rifleman, the terrible food, the reasons his re-enlistmentment was denied, and how he lives with PTSD. Whitaker also shares his thoughts on the Veteran Affairs Department and the hospital system for Veterans.
  • Location: Vicco, KY
  • Duration: 0:12:33
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  • Restrictions: None
  • Rights: Contact Special Collections and Archives, Crabbe Library, Eastern Kentucky University for reproductions, duplications, rights and permission to publish.
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“Interview with R.D. Whitaker,” William H. Berge Oral History Center, accessed November 30, 2021,