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"Now look, I'm from the South, and I'm up here in Alaska, and I got this white woman rubbing my back. This is not going to work, you know?" (Video interview, Part 3, 16:01)

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   Terona Chivers
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Terona Chivers, 1968
War: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Branch: Army
Unit: 3rd Battalion, 506th Infantry Regiment (Air Assault), 101st Airborne Division; 5th Special Forces
Service Location: United States; Vietnam
Rank: Sergeant, E-5
Place of Birth: TN
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Terona Chivers' tour of duty in Vietnam as part of a helicopter crew was packed with moments of culture shock, from adjusting to the local cuisine to observing respect for a fallen comrade from the Vietnamese Army to his recuperation from a wound in an Alaskan hospital. He vividly describes fierce battles, tragic accidents, and the generosity of the civilians he encountered. He even got a welcoming home parade, rare for veterans of that war.

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Chivers, who frequently worked bakery detail at Ft. Gordon, Georgia, brought baked goods back to the barracks for the other men. (01:04) On a routine flight, they witness someone eject from a burning plane, and learn later that he did not survive. (03:28) Disturbed by the loss of an airman, Chivers and the others are taken aback by the apparent indifference of those back at the base. (01:01)
Chivers was upset with his men when they failed to help unload the body of a Vietnamese soldier. (02:45) Disliking Vietnamese food, Chivers had to seek out alternatives. (00:60) Chivers' ability to speak some Vietnamese probably saved his life. (03:11)
After being shot in the stomach, Chivers was evacuated to Alaska. (01:28)  
  
 
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