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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
  • Unit of Service/Ship: Ammo Company, Force Logistics Command, 3rd Marine Division
  • Location of Service: Da Nang, Vietnam
  • Highest Rank: Corporal
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/9818

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"I thought, well, how do they handle writing home to this kid's parents, he's been in-country one month, and tell them that he accidentally picked up a rocket in his hand and it went off?" (Audio Interview, 51:19)

Steven Bobb enlisted in the Marines knowing that he could not be drafted, under old treaties that forbade his tribe to bear arms. He worked as an ammo tech in Vietnam, arriving in 1970, also pulling some guard duty and occasionally going out on patrol. Although he was rarely in direct danger (his first patrol at night being his worst experience under fire), what he saw in Vietnam affected him deeply. In particular, he recalls an accident in which a young soldier, one month into his tour, picked up a live rocket, which went off but did not kill him immediately.

Steven L. Bobb, Sr. Collection
Interview / Recording

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About this Item

Title

  • Steven L. Bobb, Sr. Collection

Names

  • Bobb Sr., Steven L.
  • Brooks, Marta
  • Northwest Regional ESD

Home State

  • Oregon

Headings

  • -  Bobb Sr., Steven L.
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Marine Corps.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Race

  • American Indian and Alaskan Native

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Marine Corps
    • Unit of Service: Ammo Company, Force Logistics Command, 3rd Marine Division
    • Location of Service: Da Nang, Vietnam
    • Highest Rank: Corporal
    • Dates of Service: 1968-1971
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Reference copy (collected 2005-09-28; 2005-09-28)
  • Computer File: Floppy Disk [1 item] -- Electronic file of manuscript (collected 2005-11-23; 2005-11-24)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2003-04-24)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Typewritten document (collected 2005-11-23)
  • Audio: Audio Cassette [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2004-04-24)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/9818

Cite as

  • Steven L. Bobb, Sr. Collection (AFC/2001/001/9818), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • audio
  • online text

Rights & Access

Using VHP Material in Publication or Exhibition

The Veterans History Project (VHP) at the Library of Congress collects, preserves and makes accessible the firsthand recollections of U.S. military veterans who served from World War I through more recent conflicts and peacekeeping missions, so that future generations may hear directly from veterans and better understand what they saw, did and felt during their service. The Veterans History Project Collection includes oral histories along with documentary materials such as original letters, diaries, photographs, and memoirs.

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Citing VHP Materials

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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:

Bobb Sr., Steven L, Marta Brooks, and Northwest Regional Esd. Steven L. Bobb, Sr. Collection. 1968. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.09818/.

APA citation style:

Bobb Sr, S. L., Brooks, M. & Northwest Regional Esd. (1968) Steven L. Bobb, Sr. Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.09818/.

MLA citation style:

Bobb Sr., Steven L, Marta Brooks, and Northwest Regional Esd. Steven L. Bobb, Sr. Collection. 1968. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.09818/>.