Bernard McClusky

On November 8th, 1966, Bernard McClusky reported for his draft duty 6 months after graduating from high school. Growing up, McClusky had a life expectancy of 12 years, and, as he says, because the American health care system saved his life, he felt as though he owed it to his country to serve. After his first ever flight, McClusky arrived in the Mekong Delta as an on base radio operator. McClusky believes that the best way to resolve racial relationships both in the United States and around the world is the military: "We're all trying to make it in America." In his conversation, McClusky reflects on racism during the war, the Tet Offensive, his life long career dedicated to helping veterans come home, and his "theraputic" trip back to Vietnam. 

Bernard McClusky, Springfield, Massachusetts, 2021
Bernard McClusky, Springfield, Massachusetts, 2021

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"The 3 M's:" Mosley, McClusky, Muray
"The 3 M's:" Mosley, McClusky, Muray

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McClusky's travel papers for the Vietnam War
McClusky's travel papers for the Vietnam War

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Bernard McClusky, Springfield, Massachusetts, 2021
Bernard McClusky, Springfield, Massachusetts, 2021

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Conversation with Bernard McClusky
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