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MacArthur Museum Interviews Vietnam Veteran
Albert Morgan Jr. was drafted to serve his country in 1969 at the age of 19. The Little Rock native was assigned to Bravo Company, (3rd Platoon), of the 8th Infantry Regiment, 4th Infantry Division. He arrived in Vietnam on December 5th, 1969 where his life would be forever changed.
In a video interview, Morgan recounts his military service including an event that occurred on September 19, 1970 when his platoon was ambushed in a Cambodian valley. With their Platoon Leader killed, Morgan and the 30-member platoon engaged the enemy in a three hour firefight. After his ammunition ran out, Morgan then fought on with an M-79 Grenade Launcher. He was able to destroy an enemy machine gun nest that had been firing on pinned down members of his platoon.
When the order was given to retreat, he assisted getting the wounded to safety. For his actions that day, Morgan was promoted to sergeant. He was also awarded a Bronze Star but due to a clerical error, he would have to wait 49 years to receive the recognition
The interview can be viewed on the museum’s Facebook and YouTube pages which can be accessed by going to the virtual programming option on the museum’s website at www.arkmilitaryheritage.com . The interview will also be sent to the Library of Congress American Folklife Center to be preserved in its Veterans History Project.
About MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History: The MacArthur Museum of Arkansas Military History, operated under the Little Rock Parks and Recreation Department, relates the military heritage of Arkansas and its citizens to a diverse and widespread audience. Located in the historic Arsenal Building in MacArthur Park – one of central Arkansas's oldest surviving structures and the birthplace of one of this country's foremost military heroes – the museum collects, preserves, and interprets our state's rich military past from its territorial period to the present.