Q&A with Karl Marlantes

Karl Marlantes talked about his autobiographical narrative, What It Is Like To Go To War. In the book he related many of his own combat… read more

Karl Marlantes talked about his autobiographical narrative, What It Is Like To Go To War. In the book he related many of his own combat experiences, including one intense battle in Vietnam that ultimately won him the Navy Cross, the highest citation awarded by the Department of the Navy. In this interview spoke of the profound impact of being a front line soldier on his life and shared his own anguish in dealing with post traumatic stress disorder. He feels the military did a poor job of reintegrating Vietnam veterans to life back in the U.S.

Karl Marlantes graduated from Yale University and was a 1967 Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University. From his one year of combat experience in Vietnam in 1967 and 1968, he was awarded the Navy Cross, the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation medals for valor, and two Purple Hearts. He also wrote Matterhorn: A Novel of the Vietnam War, published in 2010. close

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Washington, District of Columbia, United States
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Nov 13, 2011
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Dec 31, 2012

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  • Nov 13, 2011 | 8:00pm EST | C-SPAN 1
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  • Dec 31, 2012 | 3:00am EST | C-SPAN 3
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