David Hardman


David K. Hardman is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was born in Clarksburgh, West Virginia on July 5, 1946. He was commissioned and served from December 1966 to November 1971 in the Army for two tours. In the first tour Hardman served in the First Cavalry Division and in his second the 116th  Assault Americal Division, also referred to as the infantry. His highest rank was Captain and served in all four corps of the military. Hardman engaged in battles all year long. One of his special duties was a helicopter pilot. He was shot at everyday but did not sustain any injuries. Over the course of Hardman’s service he was awarded two Bronze Stars, 75 Air Medals and an Air Medal for valor.


Audio Recording of Interview:

Minute Markers and Topics of Audio Recording of Interview

0:20     Early life and family

1:30     Enlisted and reason why

2:00     Ranks achieved

2:20     Chose Army and reasons why

2:40     Adaptation to military life in the Army

3:20     Living quarters

4:00     Tour dates and experiences in Vietnam

5:00     Service as helicopter pilot

5:50     Witnessing and committing wartime destruction

6:30     Friendships formed

7:00     On leave and off-duty experiences

7:40     Communication with family and friends, care packages

8:20     Post-service experiences

9:20     Lack of community support upon return home

10:10   Readjusting to civilian life

11:20   Contact with veterans, veteran organizations

11:40   How war changed him

13:30   Advice for newly-joined or potential soldiers

14:10   Returned to college after service ended

14:40   Learned how to fly aircraft in the war

15:40   No difficulty finding employment after the war


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