The Vietnam War was a defining event for a generation of Stetson University students. The university has launched the Stetson Vietnam Era Vets Project to find and recognize Stetson alumni who served in the military during this era. The project is being led by alumnus Jay Mechling ’67 and College of Arts & Sciences Dean Grady Ballenger.
Some Stetson students were in combat in Vietnam, some served in Vietnam in noncombat roles, and some served in the military during the Vietnam era but were not stationed there. Some may have given their lives in this service. We seek to find and honor the stories of all of Stetson’s Vietnam Era veterans.
If you are a vet from this era, or if you know the whereabouts of a former Stetson student who is a Vietnam era vet, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org, using the heading “Stetson Vietnam Vets.” If you know the name of a Stetson student who died in the war, please share the name.
The project seeks first to recognize and memorialize these veterans. Working with faculty and students, Mechling and Ballenger hope to develop public programming, oral history projects, curricular projects and related activities to educate the current generation of Stetson students and the wider public about the meanings of the Vietnam era to those who lived through those troubled years.
Did You Know?
The Stetson University duPont-Ball Library houses the Max Cleland Collection. It features more than 800 pieces of Cleland’s personal memorabilia, including items from his time in Vietnam and his time in the U.S. Senate and other political offices. The collection also features 5,000 photos, some of which may be viewed online, plus Cleland video clips, and audio clips from his time in Vietnam. The collection was acquired in 2007.