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Veterans History Project Service Summary:

  • War or Conflict: Afghan War, 2001-; Iraq War, 2003-2011; Vietnam War, 1961-1975
  • Branch of Service: Army
  • Service Unit/Ship: Company A, 4th Aviation Battalion, 4th Infantry Division; 1st Aviation Brigade; Iowa Army National Guard
  • Location of Service:
  • Highest Rank: Command Sergeant Major; Sergeant
  • Collection Number: AFC/2001/001/73530

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"A girl turned around in class. I'm 22 years old, been there and back in my mind. She's 18, fresh out of high school. And in the middle of a zoology discussion, she asks me, 'So what's it feel like to kill somebody?'" (Oral history transcript)

Command Sergeant Major Steven Joseph Hyde joined the Army in August of 1965, three weeks after his high school graduation. By January of 1967, he was in Vietnam, serving as a crew chief aboard a Huey helicopter that ferried supplies, ammo, troops, and casualties. Coming home was difficult; though he gave college a shot, ultimately the lack of understanding from his fellow students was too much to bear. Six years later, he joined the Iowa National Guard, and nearly 30 years later, deployed twice to the Middle East following the September 11th terrorist attacks. At the time of his oral history interview, he was pursuing an undergraduate degree in human resource management.

Interview / Recording

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About this Item

Title

  • Steven Joseph Hyde Collection

Names

  • Gratias Investigations, Inc.
  • Hyde, Steven Joseph
  • Mary Ann Nielsen
  • Gratias, Gordon

Home State

  • Iowa

Headings

  • -  Hyde, Steven Joseph
  • -  Iraq War, 2003-2011 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.
  • -  Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.
  • -  Afghan War, 2001- -- Personal Narratives
  • -  United States. Army.

Repository

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

Gender

  • Male

Status

  • veteran

Service History

  • Iraq War, 2003-2011

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Location of Service:
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran
  • Vietnam War, 1961-1975

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Service Unit/Ship: Company A, 4th Aviation Battalion, 4th Infantry Division
    • Location of Service:
    • Highest Rank: Sergeant
    • Dates of Service: 1965-1968
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran
    • Service History Note: The veteran served as a helicopter crew chief and door gunner, a first sergeant, a battalion sergeant major, and a post sergeant major.
  • Afghan War, 2001-

    • Branch of Service: Army
    • Service Unit/Ship: 1st Aviation Brigade; Iowa Army National Guard
    • Location of Service:
    • Highest Rank: Command Sergeant Major
    • Dates of Service: 1974-2007
    • Entrance into Service: Enlisted
    • Military Status: veteran

Materials

  • Video: DVD [1 item] -- Oral history interview (collected 2009-11-11; 2009)
  • Manuscript: Transcript [1 item] -- Transcription of video recording (collected 2009-12-09)

Collection Number

  • AFC/2001/001/73530

Cite as

  • Steven Joseph Hyde Collection (AFC/2001/001/73530), Veterans History Project, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress

Online Format

  • online text
  • video

Additional Metadata Formats

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

Please use the following formats when citing Veterans History Project materials (substituting the appropriate name and collection ID number).

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:

Gratias Investigations, Inc, Steven Joseph Hyde, Mary Ann Nielsen, and Gordon Gratias. Steven Joseph Hyde Collection. 1965. Personal Narrative. https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.73530/.

APA citation style:

Gratias Investigations, I., Hyde, S. J., Mary Ann Nielsen & Gratias, G. (1965) Steven Joseph Hyde Collection. [Personal Narrative] Retrieved from the Library of Congress, https://www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.73530/.

MLA citation style:

Gratias Investigations, Inc, et al. Steven Joseph Hyde Collection. 1965. Personal Narrative. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <www.loc.gov/item/afc2001001.73530/>.