ATLANTA VOICES: MEMORIES OF VIETNAM
Gary Price's Vietnam War Photos
HIS VIETNAM WAR STORY
Corporal, 3rd Battalion, 7th Marines, 1st Marine Division
Gary Price was determined to be a Marine.
The army was going to draft me because I wasn’t doing real good in school, and I didn’t want to be in the Army, I wanted to be a Marine because I figured I would get better training as a Marine and have a better chance of coming home alive.
He spent most of his time out in the field, with sporadic trips back to base to resupply and clean up.
You might have time to shower, which was out of a 55-gallon barrel, and a lot of times (had to) put the same clothes back on. Pretty much a lot of the clothes would rot on you or be torn to pieces or whatever…
Casualties were high in Price's unit.
It was like 33 of us went over there together and there was three of us that came home, and two of us were shot up pretty bad.
Price was one of the injured.
I don’t know what hit me, but I went down…. it was hard to get medevacs or supplies in so I laid there a day and a half.
When Price landed at San Francisco, he encountered a mob of anti-war protestors.
There was two called me a baby killer and then try to spit on me and I tried to chase them down. I couldn’t catch them, and I’m glad I didn’t because I would have tried my best to kill them.
He admits that he has problems psychologically after returning from the war.
I haven’t changed. I’m still the same way. I’m all the time watching my back… I don’t go out nowhere. I’d rather stay at home.
Watch Price talk about his experiences with Agent Orange in Vietnam: