The Vietnam War and Anoka County

The controversial conflict that was the Vietnam War touched Anoka County and its residents just as much as the rest of the United States. From 2005-2007, the Anoka County Historical Society conducted interviews relating to the Vietnam War with Anoka County residents as part of a larger project to present the history of the war as it relates to our county. In addition to our award-winning Vietnam War exhibit, ACHS collected more than 20 interviews with veterans and others about their experiences during this period.

The audio of these interviews is available for listening in the Reading Room at ACHS.

Many interviews are with veterans of the war, but some were conducted with family or spouses of military personnel, and a few with residents of the county who were connected to the war in other ways. A single interview will often cover several topics, and many do not focus solely on the Vietnam War. The list is alphabetical by last name of the interviewee(s).

Agulair, John – Transcript
Aragon, Joe – Transcript
Arellano, Tony – Transcript
Austin, Delbert*
Bawek, Robert*
Bayer, Peter*
Berg, Dennis and Darlene – Transcript
Berling, Richard – Transcript
Carpenter, Myron – Transcript
Chevalier, Wayne – Transcript
Clark, Mike – Transcript
Danielson, Jeff*
DePoint, David*
Dudziak, Rick*
Ellenwood, Russell*
Frikken, Greg – Transcript
Gallagher, Thomas*
Guthrie, Bill and Martha – Transcript
Hall, Larry – Transcript
Hermanstorfter, Sam – Transcript

Jensen, Darrell – Transcript
Johnson, Roger – Transcript
Kalish, Kenneth*
King, Mike and Maria  – Transcript
Kinney, Richard and Darlyn – Transcript
Krueger, Duane – Transcript
McConnell, James*
Miller, Dennis – Transcript
Miller, Tom and Shirley – Transcript
Mox, Terrance – Transcript
Nash, Fred – Transcript
Opem, Elder – Transcript
Palm, Duane*
Phillips, Larry – Transcript
Reese, Arthur*
Ruud, Steve – Transcript
Sauro, Christy*
Szyperski, Bertha – Transcript
Vesley, Catherine*
Wilson, David*

* – These interviews were conducted as part of a class project at Anoka-Ramsey Community College. ACHS holds a copy of these interviews, another copy is with the Library of Congress. These interviews are mostly not transcribed. Audio of the interviews can be made available in the ACHS Reading Room.



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