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Oral History Interview with Sharon Acierno, October 9, 2007

Description: Interview with Sharon "Tommie" Acierno, Vietnam War veteran, as part of the Tarrant County War Veterans Oral History Project. The interview includes Acierno's personal experiences about childhood, dropping out of high school and enlisting in the U.S. Army, basic and clerical training, working as drill sergeant at Ft. McClellan, struggling with alcoholism and post-traumatic stress disorder, and working with the Vietnam Veterans of America group. Acierno also discusses her coming out experience, volunteering for assignment to Vietnam, her clerical duties with a logistics unit at Long Binh, the camaraderie among gay and straight troops, her experiences with apathetic citizens and antiwar protesters upon return to the U.S., deciding to leave the Army and relocate to Dallas, her experience in the Veterans Administration psychiatric ward, and her opinions regarding the "Don't ask, don't tell" policy and the treatment of women in the military generally. The interview includes an appendix with photographs.
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Date: October 9, 2007
Creator: Mims, Michael & Acierno, Sharon
Partner: UNT Oral History Program

Review of a Protocol for a Study of Reproductive Health Outcomes Among Women Vietnam Veterans

Description: This report discusses the study that has been proposed as a partial response to the mandate of Public Law 99-272; that law also requires approval from the Director of OTA before any such studies are undertaken, which is the reason for this review. This study is one of three that make up the full VA response to the mandate to look into the health of women Vietnam veterans.
Date: December 1991
Creator: United States. Congress. Office of Technology Assessment.
Partner: UNT Libraries Government Documents Department

[News Clip: Final rites for captain, soldier]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV television station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about the funerals for two Tarrant County servicemen killed in Vietnam in July. The footage includes the funeral services for Air Force Captain Ronald E. Tinsley at Carswell Air Force Base and Army Specialist 4th Class Clifford Bratcher of Fort Worth at Cedar Hill Memorial Park near Mansfield. This footage is referenced by the script, "Funerals," which has not yet been digitized.
Date: August 4, 1966
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Mother wants to visit Vietnam]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV television station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about an Arlington mother, Beverly Lasher, whose son Ricky was killed in Vietnam and who now sends gift boxes of supplies to men serving in Vietnam. Lasher is interviewed in her Arlington home about whether these men are receiving supplies from the United States Government and whether she would like to visit Vietnam herself. This story is referenced by the script, "Lasher," which has not yet been digitized.
Date: September 15, 1967
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Butch welcomed home from war]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV television station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about Private First Class Clarence "Butch" Lewis of Mesquite, Texas returning to the United States after being injured in Vietnam. The story includes silent footage of an American Airlines plane arriving at Dallas Love Field airport, Boy Scout Troop 108 of Mesquite assembling, Butch's father C.H. Lewis rushing up stairs to greet his son, Butch's mother and sister Betty embracing him, and the Boy Scouts saluting the injured veteran. The story concludes with an interview with Butch about the night he was injured near Da Nang. This story is referenced by the script, "Marine Returns," which has not yet been digitized.
Date: September 16, 1966
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections

[News Clip: Untitled]

Description: Video footage from the WBAP-TV television station in Fort Worth, Texas, covering a news story about an Arlington mother, Beverly Lasher, whose son Ricky was killed in Vietnam and who now sends gift boxes of supplies to men serving in Vietnam. Lasher is interviewed in her Arlington home about the funding for these gift boxes. This footage appears to be outtakes from the story titled "Mother wants to visit Vietnam," which is referenced by the script, "Lasher."
Date: September 15, 1967
Creator: WBAP-TV (Television station : Fort Worth, Tex.)
Partner: UNT Libraries Special Collections