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I Was Basically a Spy

Jack Ryan served on a US Navy spy ship called the USS Oxford. Jack served early on in the war so he didn't see a lot of action, but his two younger brothers were in the infantry in subsequent years and were more affected by the war and what they saw.

At night, you would see the flares, and I'd always think, "Are those guys getting hit?"

Biographical Details

Primary Location During Vietnam: San Miguel, Philippines Vietnam location marker

Story Subject: Military Service

Military Branch: U.S. Navy

Dates of Service: 1963 - 1966

Additional Locations During Vietnam: US Naval Communication Station

Jack's story was captured with the help of TPT's Minnesota Remembers Vietnam team at the 2017 Minnesota State Fair.

Story Themes: Espionage, Green Isle, Jack Ryan, Philippines, San Miguel, Siblings, Spy, State Fair Interviews, USS Oxford, Watch

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