Reminiscences of William Bires : oral history, 2002.
Veterans, peace activists.
Scope and Contents
Background: born Oregon, raised in Oregon, Idaho, and Nevada; veteran of Vietnam War, family history of service in United States military beginning with Revolutionary War; military service during the Vietnam War: experiences during and reaction to service, consideration of soldier's conduct, explanation of political machinations and motivations; post-Vietnam War: loss of religious beliefs, participation in peace activism; 9/11: witness of South Town impact on television, lack of shock, anger, or disbelief despite sympathy for victims, immediate recognition of attack as terrorist act instead of act of war; politics of war and peace: explanation of U.S. foreign policy and actions in the Middle East, consideration of response of media, comparison of 9/11 to other historical attacks; peace activism: involvement in Vietnam Veterans Against the War, formation and activities of Northwest Veterans for Peace, consideration of role of activism in world affairs.
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