Publication Date


Advisor(s) - Committee Chair

Kenneth Clarke, Mary Clarke, Lynwood Montell

Degree Program

Department of English

Degree Type

Master of Arts


Oral narratives of Vietnam War veterans, collected at Ft. Campbell, Kentucky, were paralleled to the written narratives of the Indian War soldiers abstracted from existing diaries, journals and autobiographies. A statistical analysis was applied to the Vietnam War texts to discern the attitudes of the informants as a group. Informants' attitudes towards the enemy and the enemy's guerrilla fighting style were shown to be similar to the attitudes of the Indian War soldiers in both areas. Both sets of similar attitudes resulted in high levels of frustration which produced occasional atrocities. By the application of folklore and folklore fieldwork, in the form of instruction on the enemies' rites, customs and beliefs, and a statistical analysis of the oral lore of the American soldiers, an atrocity-producing situation may be detected beforehand, and corrected.


Arts and Humanities | English Language and Literature | History | Military History | Oral History