John Kulig

Conversation with John Kulig
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Despite his parents discouragement and fear, John Kulig decided to join the Marine Corps. When he arrived in the DMZ in 1968, the first thing he saw was a Viet Kong POW wrapped in barbed wire, held down by sandbags, being eaten by dogs. This interview is the first time Kulig has spoken about the war since he left Vietnam in 1969. Before he went to Vietnam, Kulig recalls the war being portrayed in a positive light, and felt as though he was going to serve his country and family. Kulig says in his conversation, "War is totally useless." Kulig recounts his experiences as a jeep driver at the DMZ, his time coming home, and his reflections of the war 50 years later. "It was quite an experience to survive there."

John Kulig, Ludlow, Massachusetts, 2021
John Kulig, Ludlow, Massachusetts, 2021

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John Kulig in the DMZ, 1968-69
John Kulig in the DMZ, 1968-69

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Kulig's Paris Island Yearbook, Ludlow, Massachusetts, 2021
Kulig's Paris Island Yearbook, Ludlow, Massachusetts, 2021

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John Kulig, Ludlow, Massachusetts, 2021
John Kulig, Ludlow, Massachusetts, 2021

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