Bruce Maxon

Conversation with Bruce Maxon
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Bruce Maxon, USS Midway, San Diego, California, 2021
Bruce Maxon, USS Midway, San Diego, California, 2021

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Photograph from Maxon's Book
Photograph from Maxon's Book

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Photograph from Maxon's book
Photograph from Maxon's book

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Bruce Maxon, USS Midway, San Diego, California, 2021
Bruce Maxon, USS Midway, San Diego, California, 2021

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In 1961, Bruce Maxon graduated from Annapolis where he studied Naval Supply. Although he hadn't heard a lot about the Vietnam War, he was excited to participate and help the United States. When he arrived in January of 1968, he was assigned to the Marine Corps and drove to Vĩnh Long every day to do inventory for supplies. On January 31, 1968, the Tet Offensive began, and Maxon had to travel to different cities to collect supplies for the Marines enduring combat. He served as a Communications Officer for 6-8 weeks, and then as the Supply and Ordinance Officer of CTF 117 Mobile Riverine Force. His duties included expunging and replacing napalm, refueling boats, and paying reparations for the dead. Maxon recounts his varying experiences in his interview and book, Soliliquoy of 1968, My Year in Vietnam. See the above photographs for Maxon's personal photographs from the war.