Dan Bonner | USMC
While in Vietnam, Dan was stationed at Chu Lai air base as part of Marine Air Group 12, VMA-311 and 1st Battalion 7th Marines. Like all Marines, Dan was first and foremost an infantryman, but he was also a highly trained airplane mechanic.
These veterans were part of our effort to work with teachers and students to provide an interesting workshop covering the oral history process, appropriate interview questions, special considerations when interviewing veterans, active listening skills, and oral history ethics.
Note: This video version of Dan Bonner’s story has been slightly shortened for presentation purposes. The audio version contains the complete interview.
Listen to the complete, full length version of Dan Bonner’s interview with the students of Winchester-Thurston School, recorded April 24, 2014 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
The Social Voice Project is dedicated to understanding the voices and stories of our lives–those first-hand, authentic accounts of lived experiences we call oral histories. Sharing these experiences reveals our social, economic, and political lives, and they help forge important understandings of public histories.
The Veteran Voices of Pittsburgh Oral History Initiative is a veteran-run, award-winning 501(c)(3) nonprofit educational organization based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Our mission is to capture, preserve, and share the voices, images, and experiences of veterans of all eras and branches of service with a Western Pennsylvania connection.
The mission of the Veterans Breakfast Club is to create communities of listening around veterans and their stories to ensure that this living history will never be forgotten. We believe that through our work, people will be educated, healed, and inspired. The Veterans Breakfast Club is a non-religious, non-political 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.