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Harold F. Chorney (Class of 1961) oral history and papers relating to the Vietnam War

Scope & content

This collection contains the 2011 oral history interview of Harold F. Chorney (Class of 1961) by Professor Elizabeth Taylor and supplementary biographical materials. The materials are arranged into three series:

Series 1. Oral history: This series includes the 2011 oral history interview as part of the Brown Vietnam Veterans Oral History Project, and completed questionnaires with biographical facts, experiences and personal perspectives. His recollections concentrate on the years 1957 to 1976 and include Brown University days as proctor of Plantation House and Air Force ROTC, survival school training, flying for the Military Air Transport Squadron transporting cargo, Air Evacuation, “embassy runs,” 37 Vietnam missions, some combat, and his reserves duty at L.G. Hanscom Field in Bedford, Massachusetts. Chorney also describes his diagnosis with Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). A short segment at the end of the oral history interview recounts growing up in Pawtucket, Rhode Island (circa 1949-1957) as a son of immigrant parents from Ukraine and Bessarabia.

Series 2. Photographs: This series contains scanned images of Chorney from 1958 to early 1960s in uniform, and an undated (circa 2008) image of Chorney in his flight jacket with squadron patches.

Series 3. Article: This contains an article in which Chorney recalls the founding of the financial planning profession. It was published as the cover story “Hal Chorney: Twenty five years after 1984” in The Register, February 2010 which is the publication of the Official International Association of Registered Financial Consultants.