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Hillam War Project interviews of Korean and Vietnam War veterans

Hillam War Project interviews of Korean and Vietnam War veterans

Dates: 1985

This collection consists of inteviews with Korean and Vietnam veterans. It covered topics such as recruitment, training, daily routines, duties, missions, how their experience as an LDS soldier differed from their fellow soldiers, and many other topics as the veterans reveal their war experiences and what it meant to them. Includes six interviews, each interview consisting of a transcript and either a cassette tape or audio reel of the interview. The interviews that are dated were conducted in 1985, but some are undated. Interview 1 was conducted by Ray Hillam of Jay Jensen, a lieutenant colonel who wrote the book "Six years in hell : a returned Vietnam POW views captivity, country, and the future." His transcript is 56 pages and includes a cassette tape. Interview 2 was conducted by Tim Turner of Jerry Jensen, who was both a Korean and Vietnam veteran. His transcript is 26 pages with a cassette tape. Interview 3 was done by Rory Reid of David R. Lyon, a colonel in the Korean war. It is 25 pages and includes an audio reel. Interview 4 was done by Gary Dewey of Kirk T. Waldron, a colonel in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. This interview is 31 pages with a cassette tape. Interview 5 was conducted by Scott M. Fellows of Grant Warren who was in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. His interview is 36 pages with an audio reel. Interview 6 was conducted by Richard Weeks of Wener Glen Weeks, who was also in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. His interview is 28 pages with a cassette tape.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hillam, Ray C.
  • Call Number: MSS 6290
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Hillam War Project interviews of Korean and Vietnam War veterans must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 6290; Hillam War Project interviews of Korean and Vietnam War veterans; 20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6290, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Found in the stacks in 2008.
Acquisition Information
Found in the stacks in 2008.
Related Material
MSS 2767 deals with Ray C. Hillam's experiences in war and can help provide insight as to his interest in the experiences of war veterans. MSS OH 1919.
Subject Terms
Korean War, 1950-1953--Personal narratives, American; Korean War, 1950-1953--Veterans; Material Types; Military; Oral Histories; Politics, Government, and Law; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Aerial operations, American; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Personal narratives, American; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Veterans; War--Moral and ethical aspects; War--Psychological aspects; War--Religious aspects
Genre / Form
Interviews; Transcripts
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Appraisal Information
20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana because of the war veterans' experiences as LDS American soldiers.
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Finding Aid Title
Hillam War Project interviews of Korean and Vietnam War veterans
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-02-22T13:08-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Ray C. Hillam, professor of political science at Brigham Young University.

Ray Cole Hillam was born on 25 July 1928 to James Ralph Hillam and Mabel Cole in Carlin, Nevada. He received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Utah in 1955, his M.A. in Political Science from George Washington University in 1958, and his Ph.D. in International Relations from American University in 1964. He served as a corporal in the U.S. Army from 1952-1954. During his time in the military he served as a research assistant for the psychological warfare unit of the United Nations Military Command in Tokyo, Japan from 1953-1954 and also as a Swedish interpreter for the US Army in Korea in 1953.

From 1955-1958 he served as a Swedish and Chinese intelligence analyst for the US Government. He then served as an administrative assistant for the Chief of the US Park Police of the National Park Service in Washington D.C. from 1958-1959. He then began his career as a professor for the Department of Political Science at Brigham Young University in 1960. While a professor he also served as a consultant for the Unconventional Warfare group of the US Navy from 1961-1963; as coordinator of the International Relations Program at Brigham Young University, 1963-1966, 1967-1968, 1981-1985; then as director of the David M. Kennedy Center for International Studies starting in 1985; as well as serving as a lecturer or director on several programs (including the Washington Seminar and abroad programs in East Asia, London, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Korea, Vietnam, and others).

His awards include the Fulbright Hays Award to Vietnam, Taiwan, and China; Vietnamese Medal of Honor, First Class; U.S. Patriotic Civilian Service Award; Karl G. Maesar’s Distinguished Teaching Award; Phi Kappa Phi Faculty Award; Virginia F. Culter Faculty Lecturer; as well as many others.

He is married to Carolyn Sanders and they have six children.

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