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John S. Raschke - Vietnam War

John S. Raschke grew up on a farm near Geneseo, Illinois, and enlisted in the Army in 1966. While in training to become a medic, he volunteered to attend the Engineer branch's Officer Candidate School. Following language training, he served in the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam as an advisor, assigned to MAC-V (Military Advisory Command-Vietnam). Raschke spent 1969-1970 advising South Vietnamese army units on engineering and infantry issues, becoming immersed with their culture and way of life.

Interview Links

Feature Excerpt

Jumping off a helicopter.

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Life on the farm & experiences in Vietnam with MAC-V

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

MAC-V advisor in Vietnam in 1969-70 & post-war

Transcript

Related Materials

Korean War

See also the interview with John's uncle, John R. Raschke, part of the Veterans Remember - Korean War project.


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Preparing for a military career. John Raschke at age 7, on the farm in Edford Township, Henry County IL.

Where:

Farm in Edford Township, Henry County IL

When:

Age 7

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Narrator’s photo

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SGT John Raschke as a Medical Training Center cadre at Ft. Sam Houston, TX, in the Fall of 1967.

Where:

Ft. Sam Houston, TX

When:

Fall of 1967

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Narrator’s photo

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Newly minted 2LT John Raschke with a proud mother at Ft. Belvoir, Virginia in August, 1968. (Narrator’s photo)

Where:

Ft. Belvoir, Virginia

When:

August, 1968

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Narrator’s photo

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1LT John Raschke stands outside his “hootch” while serving on Advisory Team #73 in Vi Thanh, in Chuong Thien Province, Vietnam in November, 1969.

Where:

Vi Thanh, in Chuong Thien Province, Vietnam

When:

November, 1969

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Narrator’s photo

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1LT Raschke, while assigned to Military Advisory Command, Vietnam (MACV), on the right, rigging explosives to blow up a helicopter rocket pod which was jettisoned when the craft was hit by ground fire. He supported ARVN units in the Mekong Delta region.

Where:

Mekong Delta region of Vietnam

When:

Spring of 1970.

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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1LT Raschke, on the left, with blasting cap in his hand, rigging explosives to blow up a helicopter rocket pod which was jettisoned when the craft was hit by ground fire. Note the characteristically flat terrain of the Mekong Delta region.

Where:

Mekong Delta region

When:

Unknown

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Narrator’s photo

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1LT John Raschke while on TOC (Tactical Operations Center) duty while serving on Advisory Team #73 in Vi Thanh, in Chuong Thien Province, Vietnam in early 1970.

Where:

Vi Thanh, in Chuong Thien Province, Vietnam

When:

Early 1970

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Narrator’s photo

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Captain John Raschke receiving the Bronze Star for his service in Vietnam while stationed at Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri in the fall of 1970.

Where:

Ft. Leonard Wood, Missouri

When:

Fall of 1970

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Narrator’s photo

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Major Raschke receives his diploma from Army’s Command and General Staff College in Ft. Leavenworth Kansas in December, 1982.

Where:

Ft. Leavenworth Kansas

When:

December, 1982

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Narrator’s photo

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LTC Raschke en route to Guatemala August 1991. He served in the Illinois Army National Guard at the time, commanding the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery, headquartered in Rock Island Illinois.

Where:

En route to Guatemala

When:

August 1991

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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LTC John Raschke, Commander of the 2nd Battalion, 123rd Field Artillery, December 1991, Geneseo, Illinois. He was attending the St. Barbara’s Day Ball, St. Barbara being the patron saint of artillerymen.

Where:

Geneseo, Illinois

When:

December 1991

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo



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