Remembering comrades puts SEHS grad at ease when looking back on war

A South Eugene High School alumnus said although the war scared him, he remembers a lot of happy times with his comrades while fighting overseas.

Posted: Jan 8, 2018 11:37 AM

EUGENE, Ore. -- A South Eugene High School graduate who served as a Marine in Vietnam says out of all the things he remembers from the war, he remembers his comrades the most.

Jack Minter said he was in high school during the Vietnam War and he felt like he needed to enlist.

"I was 18 years old," said Minter. "I ended up, after basic training and advanced infantry training, going to Vietnam."

His friend and fellow veteran, Tom Brett said Minter's decision to serve didn't surprise him.

"These guys, ya know, they didn't wait around for somebody to chase 'em down to draft them. They went right in and signed up and got 'er done," said Brett.

Minter recalls plenty of scary times but through it all, he said the thing he remembers the most is the friendships that were made.

"I broke most of my legs. It pierced through my back, through my kidney, through my chest, through an arm. Pretty well covered me," said Minter. "There were a lot of scary times. But I still look back on my friends that I had. The loss of those guys is really hard. That sort of thing is difficult."

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