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About this collection

This digital collection documents the time Sargent John P. Davidson spent in the United States Air Force, 1966-1969. It is the intention of this collection to add to the collective memory of United States veterans by providing an understanding of why one individual enlisted and what he thinks of his experiences. 

 

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Americans--Philippines

American--Taiwan

Davidson, John P.

Genier, Wally

Mactan Island (Philippines)

Plattsburgh, New York

Taipei (Taiwan)

Todd, Harold

United States. Air Force. Pacific Air Forces

Veterans--Indiana

Veterans--Kentucky 

 

John P. Davidson Biography

John Philip Davidson was born in Auburn, Indiana in 1947, the third of Joseph and Leona (Crooks) Davidson's seven children. He graduated from Auburn High School in 1965 and enlisted in the United States Air Force in 1966. He attended college at Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne, graduating with a B.S. in sociology. He became a social worker in DeKalb County, Indiana, working in various departments during his nearly fourty-year tenure including child welfare and probation. He retired in 2015.

 

Abridged Timeline of Events, 1964-1969 

  • 1964: USS Maddox and USS Turner Joy are destroyed in the Gulf of Tonkin, prompting U.S. Congress to pass the Gulf of Tonkin Resolution, authorizing President Johnson to use military force in Southeast Asia.
  • 1965: United States begins airstrikes against North Vietnam. John P. Davidson graduates from high school.
  • 1966:United States begins bombing North Vietnam with B-52s. John P. Davidson enlists in the United States Air Force and is assigned to Plattsburgh Air Force Base in New York.
  • 1967: United States troop level in Vietnam reaches 486,000. John P. Davidson arrives at Mactan Air Base in the Philipines.
  • 1968: Communist forces launch the Tet Offensive, a massive campaign of surprise attacks against South Vietnam and its allies, including United States forces. Martin Luther King Jr. and Bobby Kennedy are assasinated. Rioting in Chicago, Washington D.C., Baltimore, Cleveland. Rioting during Democratic National Convention in Chicago. John P. Davidson is reassigned to Taipei Air Base in Taiwan.
  • 1969: United States begins secret bombings in Cambodia. "Vietnamization" policy to phase out U.S. ground troops begins. John P. Davidson is discharged from service.

 

 
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