Major Neal E. Suggs


Kael Suggs, February 22, 2015
"I was not terribly impressed with the civilian oversight or the news media coverage because I was actually there and saw what was happening and the papers didn't reflect what was actually going on."
Major Neal E. Suggs

Introductory Profile: About Neal E. Suggs

Neal Suggs was a member of the U.S. air force during the Vietnam War. In this interview, Mr. Suggs sheds some light on how the media did not always get the information of the war correctly expressed. I quote his words, “I was not terribly impressed with the civilian oversight or with the news media coverage because I was actually there and saw what was happening and the papers didn’t reflect exactly what was going on.” He believes that the media had too much impact on the civilian oversight such as the Buddhist uprising at Huey was actually a considerable victory for the U.S. and South Vietnam.

At the age of 82, Mr. Suggs is still fit, taking walks and biking every day. He stands 5’8” and is a very easygoing and light-hearted. He was born in Delphi Louisiana in 1933 to a farming family. He has 5 brothers and 1 sister. He married Nadine Rankin at the age of 22 and had 4 children, Carol, Bradley, David, and Laura. He entered the military in 1954 because he was about to be drafted so he volunteered to get a preferable position such as the air force.

During the interview, Mr. Suggs expresses his very strong opinion on the events of the Vietnam War. He guarded his fierce opinion with dates of all events, examples of his views, explanations describing his opinion, and language that he usually does not say but is used to guard his opinion. He is very passionate and serious about his opinion and was very focused on the topic showing that he cared deeply about what he was saying. He revealed some shocking information that could only be learned through personal experience.

Neal Suggs is very loyal and dedicated to the U.S. and feels very firmly about the Vietnam War and feels like U.S. soldiers were mistreated after the war because of poor communication on the media’s behalf. He feels like the discrimination in the United States should not have happened because the men served their time in the military and should not be mistreated.