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Rutgers Oral History Archives

  • Links to Oral History Sessions: McLeod, Bruce (March 22, 2011)
  • Conflict(s): Vietnam War
  • Military Branch & Unit: Army
  • Theater(s): Vietnam

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Bruce McLeod was born in Kingston, Jamaica, in 1946. He discusses his family's roots in Jamaica and Cuba and his upbringing in Jamaica. He also explores social classes, regional distinctions, educational opportunities, British colonial rule and the Jamaican diaspora. He attended high school at Wolmer's in Kingston. Following his mother, who moved to the United States first, he immigrated in 1965 and lived in Brownsville, Brooklyn. Motivated to move to America to further his education, he relates the difficulties he encountered. While trying to enlist in the Air Force, he was drafted in 1967. After basic training at Fort Gordon, Georgia, he trained as a medical corpsman at Fort Sam Houston, Texas. He delves into his service as an Army combat medic in Vietnam in 1967-'68 and his experiences during the Tet offensive. After his military service, he got married, worked at an architectural firm, and went to school on the GI Bill to obtain an AAS in construction technology. He talks about becoming a citizen three years after returning from Vietnam. During his career, he worked as an architect.

Targum Cover 11 22 1963a

 

"HERE IS A BULLETIN...": Memories of the Day Camelot Died

 

This month marks the 60th anniversary of the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963 in Dallas, Texas.

Images from that day and the events that followed remain etched in our collective consciousness—the open-top Presidential limo traveling down the people-lined streets of Dallas; President Lyndon Baines Johnson taking the oath of office on Air Force One beside a shaken First Lady Jacqueline Kennedy; John, Jr. saluting his father's passing casket at the funeral in DC.

Those who lived through that traumatic period can recall both their initial shock and the nuances of their reactions.

In "HERE IS A BULLETIN...": Memories of the Day Camelot Died, ROHA presents a sampling of stories related to the Kennedy tragedy, a touchstone event for multiple generations.

The Rutgers Targum (campus newspaper) cover from its November 22, 1963 issue. (Image courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Rutgers University Libraries.)

 

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Voices of Veterans

 

Voices of Veterans is an online exhibit showcasing passages from oral history interviews of veterans who served in the Second World War and in wars in Korea, Vietnam, the Persian Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. ROHA created this exhibit in commemoration of Pearl Harbor Day, December 7, 1941.

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