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Interviewed by Audrey Weston on 7/2/2019.
Gerry Clark was raised in Northampton, MA, and now lives in Leeds (a part of Northampton), but he spent a lot of his time hanging out in nearby Hatfield, MA. He was drafted into the U.S. Army at 20 and did his basic and advanced training at Fort Dix, NJ.
Gerry began his year’s tour in Vietnam in December 1966. He served as a Company Commander Radio Operator in the 2/60 Infantry, 9th Infantry Division in Tan Tru and various nearby villages in Long An Province in the Mekong Delta.
Gerry was honorably discharged with the rank of Specialist E-4. He has been a member of the Hatfield American Legion for over 50 years (including a past Commander), the Veterans of Foreign Wars for 50 years, and the Disabled American Veterans, Chapter 92, for four years. Additionally, Gerry has served as the Hatfield Veterans Services Officer for the past five years.
*Song that reminds Gerry of his time in Vietnam: Green, Green Grass of Home
Images courtesy of Gerry Clark and the Hatfield Historical Museum.