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Collection Winter Hess
WVM ID Number WVM Mss 1970
Object Name Archive
Title Still images and video recordings, 1968-1971.
Year Range from 1968
Year Range to 1971
Event Vietnam War
Description Still images and video recordings pertaining to the service of Winter Hess, an Auburn, Wisconsin, resident, who served 196th Infantry Brigade during the Vietnam War. Still images in this collection include black and white and color photographs and negatives, most depicting the base where Hess was stationed. There are many images of Hess and fellow soldiers in barracks and around the base, working, loading vehicles and travelling. Also included are several pictures of civilians in towns and in farm fields. Of interest are several photographs and negatives of cards sent to Hess by children in the United States. The video recording features images of Vietnam and soldiers with a voiceover of Hess speaking about his experience. In the recording, he explains how he worked with the sensor team for the last two months of his service in Vietnam, and how they found enemy combatants with sensors. The footage on the video was taken from original 8mm film shot by Hess while in Vietnam.
Hess was born and raised in Illinois, and later moved to Wisconsin for work as a game warden. In the late 1960's, he enlisted for the Army to avoid being drafted in the middle of hunting season. After basic training, Hess went through several specialized military courses. While in Vietnam, Hess worked with the sensor team, deploying small sensors near paths. These sensors were able to detect movement of men and artillery and would alert the brigade to send an airstrike further down the trail. Hess was also stationed at Chu Lai and at a fire base at Hawk Hill. Hess returned to the United States and eventually settled in Germantown, Wisconsin.
Extent and Medium of Description Still images : 0.6 linear ft. (1 archives box, 3 folders, 13 negative folders, and 28 negative flaps)
Videorecordings : 1 videocassette (26 min.) sd., col. 1/2 in.
Videorecordings : 1 videodisc (26 min.) sd., col. 3/4 in.
History Hess was born and raised in Illinois, and later moved to Wisconsin for work as a game warden. In the late 1960's, he enlisted for the Army to avoid being drafted in the middle of hunting season. After basic training, Hess went through several specialized military courses. While in Vietnam, Hess worked with the sensor team, deploying small sensors near paths. These sensors were able to detect movement of men and artillery and would alert the brigade to send an airstrike further down the trail. Hess was also stationed at Chu Lai and at a fire base at Hawk Hill. Hess returned to the United States and eventually settled in Germantown, Wisconsin.
Biographical Record Hess, Winter
Subjects Soldiers -- Wisconsin. Auburn.
Veterans -- Wisconsin -- Germantown.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Reconnaissance operations, American.
Soldiers -- Recreation.
Vietnam War, 1961-1975 -- Equipment and supplies.
United States. Army. 196th Infantry.
Black-and-white photographs.
Color photographs.
Negatives (photographic).
Video recordings.
Search Terms Vietnam War