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Title:Oral History - Joseph Rank
Author(s):Schwartz, Olivia
Subject(s):Joseph Rank
oral history
Vietnam War veterans
anti-war activism
Abstract:Joseph Rank was born in Urbana, Illinois and attended the University of Illinois between the years of 1965-1969. Upon graduation, Rank enlisted in the navy where he spent time fighting in the Vietnam War. He returned to the university after his three years of obligated service where he attended graduate school and taught naval ROTC on campus. After receiving his masters, Rank continued a career in the United States Navy for the next twenty years until his retirement. In this interview, Commander Rank explains the anti-war activism that he witnessed and offers a comparison of the various protests that he saw through his years on campus. Joseph Rank provides a soldiers perspective of life and activism on campus throughout the late ‘60’s and early ‘70’s as well as changes that came about after the conclusion of the war.
Issue Date:2013-01
Course / Semester:History 396; Fall 2012
Mireya Loza, Instructor
Genre:Sound Recording (oral)
Publication Status:unpublished
Peer Reviewed:not peer reviewed
Date Available in IDEALS:2013-03-11

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