Oral History interview with James Mullarkey

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Title

Oral History interview with James Mullarkey

Description

James describes becoming a paratrooper and meeting French president Charles de Gaulle. He then talks about his service during the Vietnam War and his effort to get Thomas Minogue, a soldier killed during the Vietnam War, the Medal of Honor.

Creator

Yonkers Public Library

Source

James Mullarkey

Publisher

Yonkers Public Library

Date

1/14/2019

Contributor

James Mullarkey

Format

MP3

Identifier

2019.026.001

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Interviewer

Michael Walsh

Interviewee

James Mullarkey

Location

Grinton I. Will Library

Duration

30:01

Time Summary

1:25-James recalls his father dies while working with Con Edison.
1:40-James talks about his mother dying.
1;55-Talks about family members and where they lived after his parents passed away.
3:35-Joining the Army.
3:55-Going to U.S. Airborne School.
4:30-Joins the United States Parachute Team.
4:48-Jumped for 20 years-1,032 jumps.
6:12-Meeting French President Charles De Gaulle.
8:27-Working as a sandhog for 30 years.
10:48-Describes being a body guard to Madame Nhu. Her nickname was the "Dragon Lady." She was the wife of Ngo Dinh Nhu who was the chief adviser to South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinb Diem.
11:40-Trying to get Thomas Minogue the Medal of Honor.
13:04-Minogue was given Distinguished Service Cross.
13:35-Actions Minogue during the attack are described.
16:15-Minogue dies saving the commander's life.
18:40-The difference between his two tours.
19:14-Describing the Viet Cong and NVA forces.
20:52-Working at the VA.
24:30-Getting married and having a family.
25:10-Getting re-married.
25:53-His son passing away.
27:08-Pearl Harbor Ceremony at the USS Intrepid.
28:08-Playing at the The Basilica of St. Patrick's Old Cathedral.

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Citation

Yonkers Public Library, “Oral History interview with James Mullarkey,” Yonkers Public Library Archive, accessed April 23, 2019, http://archive.ypl.org/items/show/577.