[Vietnam War] Oliver Stone (writer/director enlisted in the Army during the Vietnam War.Vietnam War Oliver Stone requested combat duty rite of passage heavy streak I was a man Bronze Star
Most young men who faced military enlistment during Vietnam didn’t exactly want to go to the front lines, but most young men weren’t future director Oliver Stone. In 1967 Stone joined the U.S. Army and requested combat duty. The director later said of his fervent decision to join up:
I thought war was it; it was the most difficult thing a young man could go through... It was a rite of passage. And I knew it would be the only war of my generation, so I said, 'I've gotta get over there fast, because it's going to be over.' There was also a heavy streak of rebelliousness in the face of my father, and I think I was trying to prove to him that I was a man, not a boy.
After his service Stone was awarded the the Bronze Star and Purple Heart for his service in Vietnam.
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