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Tedosio Samora [2003]

Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Service Unit/Ship: 519th Military Intelligence Battalion
  • Location of Service: Saigon, Vietnam
  • Highest Rank: E-5
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/5877

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"I looked at everything differently [after that] because that was the first time I had ever seen a person die. That's what changed me." (Video interview, 16:19)

As part of a Mexican-American family with a strong tradition of military service, Tedosio Samora felt an obligation to volunteer for the Army. Enlisting in 1965, he expected to serve stateside in an administrative capacity--but instead was assigned to a military intelligence battalion working out of Tan Son Nhut Air Base near Saigon. While he enjoyed the landscape and people of Vietnam, the omnipresent violence of life in a war zone--and the violent attitudes of his fellow servicemen--pushed him toward drug and alcohol addiction. Years later, he found solace in returning to Vietnam as a civilian.

Interview / Recording

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About this Item

Title

  • Tedosio Louis Samora Collection

Names

  • American Veterans for Equal Rights (AVER)
  • Ballard, Lara
  • Samora, Tedosio Louis

Home State

  • California

Headings

  • -  Samora, Tedosio Louis
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

  • Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • Other

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Service Unit/Ship: 519th Military Intelligence Battalion
    • Location of Service: Saigon, Vietnam
    • Highest Rank: E-5
    • Dates of Service: 1965-1967
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2003-06-06)
  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2003-06-06; 2003-06-17)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/5877

Cite as

  • Tedosio Louis Samora Collection (AFC/2001/001/5877), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

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  • video

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Rights & Access

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Materials as a whole:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Manuscript material:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Memoirs (MS02), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Transcript (MS04), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Correspondence (MS01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Recording:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Audio recording (SR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Video recording (MV01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Photograph:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH01), photographer unknown, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.
  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Photographs (PH03-PH14), Ralph Williams photographer, Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Computer file:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Computer file (CF01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Artifact:

  • John P. Snodgrass (AFC 2001/001/[VHP collection]), Artifact (AR01), Veterans History Project Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress.

Cite This Item

Citations are generated automatically from bibliographic data as a convenience, and may not be complete or accurate.

Chicago citation style:

American Veterans For Equal Rights, Lara Ballard, and Tedosio Louis Samora. Tedosio Louis Samora Collection. 1965. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05877/.

APA citation style:

American Veterans For Equal Rights, Ballard, L. & Samora, T. L. (1965) Tedosio Louis Samora Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05877/.

MLA citation style:

American Veterans For Equal Rights, Lara Ballard, and Tedosio Louis Samora. Tedosio Louis Samora Collection. 1965. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.05877/>.