Ray Quinto


Ray R. Quinto is a veteran of the Vietnam War. He was born on July 18, 1939 in Taos, New Mexico. He served from August 1956 to September 1997 in the Navy. His highest rank was Captain MSC and the units he served in were the 3rd and 1st Marine Divisions. He served in two tours in Vietnam and in the United States and Japan. In Vietnam he was a senior hospital corpsman and served in an administrative capacity as well as in combat when providing first aid to Marines on patrol. One of his achievements as a soldier who began as a recruit and was subsequently promoted was retiring two ranks higher than most soldiers of this background.


Audio Recording of Interview:

Minute Markers and Topics of Audio Recording of Interview

0:20     Early life and family

1:10     Life before entering military service

1:20     Enlisted in the Buddy Program

3:40     Basic training

5:00     Friendships formed

6:10     Locations and dates of military and wartime service

6:40     Transportation to Vietnam

7:20     First combat emotions

8:10     Adapting to wartime conflict

9:10     Friendships formed in the war

10:40   Regular duties and wartime experiences

17:10   End of Vietnam War, coming home and reception

21:00   Transition into the Naval Reserve

23:00   Memberships in veteran organizations and employment in VA hospitals

27:40   Time line of service

29:10   Employment in VA hospitals

29:30   How war changed him and promotions achieved

32:30   Life lessons from his service

33:40   Advice for newly-joined or potential soldiers




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