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David Gardner interview

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Identifier: MSS SC 3170

Scope and Contents

Transcript of an interview conducted by Chinez Chukwurah on August 11, 1985 for the Ray Hillam military history project. Gardner served as an entertainer with the USO before he was drafted in the United States Army. He was trained on high-speed computers and was deployed in Vietnam in 1971 to the Saigon-Tansunut Air Force Base. He repaired computers handled top-secret information that went from Vietnam to important government leaders and agencies. He never saw combat and served in the mission presidency for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He thought his real purpose in coming to Vietnam was to teach the Mormon religion, and his best relationships were the personal friendships he gained with Vietnamese refugees. He thought the war was for a good cause, and the United States could have won if it had tried.


  • 1985 August 11


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from David Gardner interivew must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


1 item (35 p.)

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Custodial History

These materials were donated to Special Collections by Ray Hillam in 1999.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ray Hillam; 1999.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of David Gardner interview
Rose Frank
22 February 2011
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States