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Interview with Kenneth Mastella, July 23, 2004
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July 23, 2004
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Kenneth Mastella entered the military in 1959 in Greenville, South Carolina. He completed the Infantry Officers Basic Course at Fort Benning, Georgia, and the Psychological Operations Officers Course at the JFK Center for Special Warfare. He also attended the Rotary Wing Officers Course. Later, he went on to complete airborne school at Fort Lee as well.

Mastella went on two tours to Vietnam, from 1966-67 and 1970-1971. During his first tour, he served as a psychological operations platoon leader, and during his second, he became the blue platoon leader of Alpha Troup 2nd of the 17th Air Calvalry. He left Vietnam with the rank of captain, after which he was a company commander at Fort Leonardwood, Missouri, before attending Clemson University, where he stayed on for a time as an ROTC instructor. Mastella was also the Professor of Military Science at Western Carolina University before he retired from the military after a twenty-seven year career.

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