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Borchardt, Michael

Works: 6 works in 10 publications in 3 languages and 12 library holdings
Genres: Personal narratives‡vAmerican 
Roles: Author, Narrator
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Michael Borchardt
Sostenibilidad de la política fiscal en Uruguay by Michael Borchardt( Book )

3 editions published between 1997 and 1998 in Spanish and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Aproximación a la obra del Dr. Alberto Boerger by Michael Borchardt( Book )

2 editions published in 1981 in Spanish and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Probleme der Motivation und Kontrolle in beruflichen Positionen mit erhöhten Autonomiespielräumen by Michael Borchardt( )

2 editions published in 1992 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Strategische Betriebsführung : Konzepte, Checklisten und Arbeitsblätter für die Praxis by Michael Borchardt( Book )

1 edition published in 2000 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

Oral history interview with Michael Borchardt, 2015 by Michael Borchardt( )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

In this oral history interview, Michael Borchardt, a native of Evanston, Illinois and currently resident of Wittenburg, Wisconsin, discusses his service in the US Army from December 1967 until January 1971, a truck driver in the 86th and 597th Transportation companies during the Vietnam War. At an early age he and his parents moved to Wittenburg, Wisconsin. With an older brother in the service, a WWII Navy dad, and older classmates in arms, Borchardt, after graduating high school, enlisted in December 1967, with a three-year obligation. From the farm he left for induction in Milwaukee. He remembers chiefly of his Fort Campbell, Kentucky, basic training the infiltration course and the gas chamber, and states the experience does "straighten you up in a hurry." April 1968 found Borchardt at Fort Polk, "Little Vietnam," in Louisiana for Advanced Infantry Training; the base's nickname a sure indication of a trip to Vietnam, although he witnessed at Polk a professional football player for whom "Little Vietnam" was a station on the path to citizenship. Assigned to a transportation company Borchardt learned truck driving. Following a leave home, he flew to California at the end of June, and from Fort Lewis, Washington, he set out on a journey to Vietnam that had an unexpected detour when a Soviet MiG forced Seaboard World flight 235A down in the Kuril Islands. He furnishes a sense of the three-day ordeal. Borchardt limns his service after release and resumption of the flight to Yokohama, Japan. While with the 86th Transportation Company at Long Binh base in Vietnam he glimpses his future wife, performing in a girl band at the officer's club to which he drove the company sergeant. Borchardt notes the different truck types that he drove in country, and their purposes. A transportation company supplied a division with different commodities; the 86th TC supplying the 5th Division, and his second tour posting with the 597th TC making deliveries to the 25th Infantry Division. He touches upon the dangers encountered while driving the trucks--with the 597th gun trucks he also manned the weapons--convoying up Highway 19 and Route 1; operating in the Mang Yang Pass amidst burning wrecked vehicles. The experience that is seared into his memory--a GI body in a swollen rice paddy. Borchardt states that a leave home after his first tour, which ended June 30, 1969, familiarized him with the gathering anti-war protests and helped prompt him to reup for a second tour in Vietnam. Landing at Qui Nhon, he was stationed at Camp Vasquez in the Central Highlands. Promoted to buck sergeant, the knowledge that he was "short" kept him going, but news of the growing protests in the US tempered his anticipation of returning home. Borchardt reflects upon his life after leaving the service in January 1971--the readjustment to civilian life; the unexpected reunion with the musician he espied overseas; the wartime friendships maintained. While he would repeat his service, Borchardt expresses no desire to return to the "commercial city" that he feels Vietnam has become

1 edition published in 1981 in German and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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Audience level: 0.76 (from 0.68 for Sostenibil ... to 0.95 for ÜBER DIE ...)