Ron Worstell: Service In Vietnam Is 75 Percent Of Who I Am Today'

Nov 11, 2014

Former U.S. Army infantryman Ron Worstell.
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Ron Worstell served as an infantryman for the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War from 1968 to 1970.

“I tell everybody that my time in Vietnam of one year at the age of 20 something was really five percent of my life at that time, but that experience is 75 percent of who I am today,” he said.

Worstell says the experience gave him a broader perspective of the world, as well as lifetime bonds with those he served alongside. After he retired, he started volunteering with the National Park Service at the Vietnam War Memorial. During his six volunteer trips a year he meets with families and helps them find the name of a loved one.

“Now that I have time to do things, it’s for the veterans,” he said. 

Worstell was interviewed by CLCV team member and former U.S. Army E-5 Sergeant James Yauger. Read more about Veterans' Stories: Project 412 and its participating team members.