Although he was an only child and married with a child on the way, George Metz was drafted in March 1968. By May, he was in basic training. In October, he went to Vietnam with a quartermaster company. He didn’t like his company and requested a transfer to become a door gunner on a Huey helicopter.
George joined the 222nd Combat Aviation Battalion, the Skymasters, and supported Army special forces shuttling soldiers into and out of enemy-held zones. He survived two crashes and left Vietnam in October 1969.
In April 2013, Vietnam veteran George Metz joined us for our first veterans oral history educational project at Winchester-Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He was part of our effort to work with teachers and students to provide an interesting workshop covering the oral history process, appropriate interview questions, special considerations when interviewing veterans, active listening skills, and oral history ethics.