Interview with Ralph A. Lerch, 15 October 2011
 

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Lerch, Ralph A. and Chappell, Benjamin, “Interview with Ralph A. Lerch, 15 October 2011,” Appalachian State University Libraries Digital Collections, accessed October 5, 2022, https://omeka.library.appstate.edu/items/show/19753.


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Title

Interview with Ralph A. Lerch, 15 October 2011

Description

Ralph A. Lerch talks about his experience as a Vietnam War veteran and pilot for the U.S. Air Force. He served in Vietnam transporting cargo, which he described as "kind of a stupid war." He entered the Aviation Cadet Program, but crashed during training and broke his thigh which took a long time to heal. After a year he was able to re-enter and he was eventually deployed. He never saw combat or came into contact with the NVA, but was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross Award.

Subject

Vietnam War, 1961-1975
Lerch, Ralph A.
Veterans
United States
Interviews
Personal narratives, American

Creator

Lerch, Ralph A.
Chappell, Benjamin

Extent

8 pages

Language

English

Interviewee

Lerch, Ralph A.

Interviewer

Chappell, Benjamin

Interview Date

10/15/11

Duration

22:59 min

Tag

Air Force, pilot, Andrews Air Force Base, C-124, cargo plane, 6th Weather Wing, Clark Air Base

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