Stan Burnett interview with Ronald Roy Fernstedt

Stan Burnett interview with Ronald Roy Fernstedt

Dates: 1985

Transcript of an interview conducted by Stan Burnett on 7 February 1985 for the Ray Hillam war project. Fernstedt enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1962, he seved in Dominican Republic in 1965, and requested a transfer to Vietnam. "Most of the men we had killed or wounded, were killed or wounded by accident or the stupidity of our own people and leaders." He told about his combat experiences including operation Osage. He stated that many people close to him were killed. He was a company commander at Chu Lai harbor from there he supplied security and set up ambushes. Fernstedt said he became good friends with the Vietnamese people on the island. He later commanded a "reaction force" which he commanded until he left Vietnam. He was a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and was promised in a patriarchal blessing that he would not be killed if he lived the gospel, so he had no fear of dying. He said it was a "fun" war and much like a hunting trip. He respected the Vietnamese and regarded them as compitent soldiers. He said the United States lost the war because our men were not trained to fight the war properly. The United States relied too much on technology rather than training. He said he had flash backs and nightmares about the war for eight years, but he does not blame the country for sending him to Vietnam.

  • Extent: 1 item (33 pages)
  • Creator: Burnett, Stan. -- Fernstedt, Ronald Roy
  • Call Number: MSS SC 3189
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • 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 Ronald Ray Fernstedt interview 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 SC 3189; Stan Burnett interview with Ronald Roy Fernstedt; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 3189, LTPSC.
Custodial History
These materials were donated to Special Collections by Ray Hillam in 1999.
Subject Terms
Fernstedt, Ronald Roy--Interviews; Vietnam War, 1961-1975--Personal narratives, American
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Appraisal Information
Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Fernstedt (Ronald Roy) interview
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Finding aid prepared by Lucy Brimhall
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-10-20T04:08-0600
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Biographical history

Veteran of the Vietnamese War.

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