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Collection Rick Berry
WVM ID Number OH 1067
Object Name Oral History
Title Oral History Interview with Rick Berry
Date 2007
Event Vietnam War
Narrator's Name Rick Berry
Interviewer's Name Jim Kurtz
Description Rick Berry, a Connecticut native, served in the Vietnam War between May of 1967 and May of 1968 and flew Huey helicopters for the First Cavalry Division as a Warrant Officer.

Born in 1942, Berry grew up in Stamford, Connecticut and graduated from high school in 1962. After seven semesters of college, Berry elected to enlist in the US Military instead of remaining in school. In the fall of 1965, Rick joined a warrant officer program offered by the army where he was trained to fly Huey helicopters. He received basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana and attended his Warrant Officer Rotary Wing Aviation Course in Fort Wolters, Texas. Berry then completed advanced training by earning his Tactical Instrument Ticket at Fort Ruckers in Alabama. Berry flew primarily the Bell UH-1 Iroquois helicopter or "Huey" while at Fort Ruckers.

Then in 1967 after taking a month's leave, Berry deployed to Ankei, Vietnam as a member of A Company, 1st Cavalry Division, US Army. He served in Vietnam between May of 1967 and May of 1968, participated in Operation PERSHING and flew missions in Khe Sanh. Upon arrival in May of 1967, Berry flew 229 hours of flight time over the course of fifty days. He mainly flew mission in which he transported ground soldiers in and out of Landing Zones. For his R&R time, Berry chose to go to Sydney, Australia. After leaving Vietnam, he requested to be stationed in Germany. While there, he met his wife, who worked as a civilian recreation director for one of the service clubs on base. Berry was discharged from the army in December of 1969.

After discharge, Berry received a bachelor's degree in Biology and a Master's degree in Zoology and Ecology. He has worked for the US Army Corps of Engineers, Fish and Wildlife Service, and National Wildlife Refuge System, and finally, he worked on the Wetlands Restoration Program in Wisconsin. Berry and his wife reside in Madison, Wisconsin.
Extent and Medium of Description Analog audio recording: 2 audio cassettes (approx. 1 hour, 28 minutes)
Transcript: 40 pgs.
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Biographical Record Berry, Richard
Search Terms Vietnam War