Paul Chrzan

Paul Chrzan, Chicopee, Massachusetts, 2021
Paul Chrzan, Chicopee, Massachusetts, 2021

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Chrzan's Bronze Star, Chicopee, Massachusetts, 2021
Chrzan's Bronze Star, Chicopee, Massachusetts, 2021

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Chrzan's dog tags and "Tet Offensive Survivor" hat, Chicopee, Massachusetts, 2021
Chrzan's dog tags and "Tet Offensive Survivor" hat, Chicopee, Massachusetts, 2021

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Paul Chrzan, Chicopee, Massachusetts, 2021
Paul Chrzan, Chicopee, Massachusetts, 2021

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Conversation with Paul Chrzan
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In February of 1967, 19-year-old Paul Chrzan was drafted by the Army. He arrived in Vietnam as a line company radio operator, and in combat during the Vietnam War, a radio operators life expectancy was 5 to 6 seconds. When the Tet Offensive struck on January 31, 1968, Chrzan was promoted to Senior Operator and fought intensely in prominent battles of the Tet Offensive, including Khe Sanh and Operation Pegasus. In his conversation, Chrzan recounts the Tet Offensive, being a young man in war, returning to the United States, and the long lasting affects of his PTSD.