John Dowd served north of the Mekong Delta near Saigon in III Corps in 1970. He worked on a four man team of Rangers, whose duty was to be a liaison between Vietnamese forces and American support. In this interview with Mary Kay Mitchell he recalled a surprise fire fight which ended tragically for two of his team and earned him a purple heart.

After recovering from his injury he continued in the military joining the Green Berets with an interest in being part of the Special Forces.

Dowd returned to college after he decided against having a military career. Eventually earning his PhD and becoming a Geology professor at the University of Georgia, he said his military service taught him the self-discipline to pursue higher education. He commented, "I was a changed student after Vietnam."

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