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Peter Rafferty - Vietnam War

Pete Rafferty was born and raised in Springfield, Illinois, the son of a coal miner who died at a young age. In 1963 he achieved his childhood dream by enlisting in the Marines. Following his training he was assigned to the 1st Marine Regiment of the 1st Marine Division. By July, 1965 the unit deployed to South Vietnam, where Rafferty served as a communications and radio operator during numerous combat patrols. He contracted a severe case of malaria late that year and was medevaced home.

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Feature Excerpt

Don't Leave Your Buddies!

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Interview Session 01 (Audio)

Experiences in Vietnam w/the Marines in 1964-65

Interview Session 02 (Audio)

Experiences in Vietnam & dealing with stresses of combat

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A young Peter Rafferty circa 1951, when he was approximately seven years old.

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Unknown

When:

Circa 1951

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Pete Rafferty rides his bicycle in front of the family home in Springfield, Illinois when he was 12, circa 1956.

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Springfield, Illinois

When:

Circa 1956

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Narrator’s photo

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Peter Rafferty’s senior class photo. He graduated from Feitshans High School in 1962.

Where:

Feitshans High School, Springfield, Illinois

When:

1962

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.

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The Marine Corps’ official photo for a proud Private Rafferty upon his graduation from boot camp at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California in April, 1963.

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Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego, California

When:

April, 1963

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This image is considered to be in the public domain.



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