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Dennis Metzger - Vietnam War

Dennis Metzger grew up in Indiana in a family with strong Church of the Brethren beliefs. Because of that, he was eligible to request conscientious objector status when he became eligible for the draft in 1968. Dennis felt called, instead, to serve in Vietnam, and after receiving training at the Brethren Service Center in New Windsor, Maryland, he spent the next five years in northern South Vietnam helping farmers develop irrigation projects for their villages. In 1973 he married a South Vietnamese women he had met at a Christian church in Tam Ky, and they spent the next year living in Taiwan. They returned to the U.S. in 1975.

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Feature Excerpt

Surprised by Opposition to the War

Abstract

Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Early life & beliefs as a Church of the Brethren member and VN service

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

South Vietnam experiences helping village farmers with irrigation projects

Interview Session 03 (Audio)

Departure from Vietnam, year in Taiwan and return to the United States


Photos

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Dennis and his father Maurice, circa 1948, while they lived on the family farm in Jackson Township, Kosciiusko County, near North Manchester, Indiana.

Where:

North Manchester, Indiana.

When:

Circa 1948

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Narrator’s photo

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Dennis with his championship 4-H heifer (Metzger Farms Monarch Sylvia) at the Kosciusko County Fair in 1957. Proceeds from the sale of Sylvia helped finance Dennis’s college education.

Where:

Kosciusko County Fair, Indiana

When:

1957

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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The Metzgers were visiting their paternal grandparents’ home, circa 1960.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Circa 1960

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Narrator’s photo

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Dennis and his siblings, in order of birth, Cynthia (1947), Wendy (1951), Teresa (1953), Catherine (1956) and Erick (1960). The photo was taken on the family farm.

Where:

Jackson Township, Kosciiusko County, near North Manchester, Indiana

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Dennis, probably in Saigon, early during his time in Vietnam.

Where:

Saigon

When:

Circa 1968-1969

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Dennis is explaining something to his boss, Perry E.H. Smith, in a village near Tam Ky near end of rainy season, circa 1970. Smith originally hailed from New England and worked out of the Saigon office.

Where:

Tam Ky, Vietnam

When:

Circa 1970

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Dennis is walking along a dike in the Ky Lien village in Quảng Nam Province in 1971.

Where:

Quảng Nam Province

When:

1971

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Dennis and Vân were married on April 12, 1973 in a relocation center in Quảng Nam Province.

Where:

Quảng Nam Province

When:

April 12, 1973

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Best man Lowell Jantzi, Maid of Honor Nguyễn thi Bích Đào, Dennis and Lê thị Vân on their wedding day at the Protestant Church in the Quản Go relocation center, April 12, 1973.

Where:

Quảng Nam Province

When:

April 12, 1973

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Dennis and Lê thị Vân in Quảng Nam Province shortly after their wedding.

Where:

Quảng Nam Province

When:

1973

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Dennis with Lê thị Vân in 1973 in Quảng Nam Province.

Where:

Quảng Nam Province

When:

1973

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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The map of South Vietnam agreed upon at the Paris Peace Accords showing the partition of the country between areas controlled by the Viet Cong (shaded) and those still controlled by the South Vietnamese government.

Where:

Unknown

When:

Unknown

Ownership:

May be restricted. Patrons desiring to use this photograph should contact the ALPL Audio-Visual Curator



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