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Chet Houser Oral History Interview. July 16, 2015

Chet Houser Oral History Interview

Life history interview conducted by Mike Dicianna.

July 16, 2015

Location:  Houser residence, Oregon State University.

Chet Houser (b. 1948) is a 1970 OSU graduate in Agricultural Economics who was involved in ROTC for most of his undergraduate years. Upon completing his degree, Houser was commissioned into the United States Army where he spent twenty years working in various capacities, including as a war planner. Following his retirement from the military, Houser spent another two decades as a public employee for Oregon OSHA, the state Vocational Rehabilitation Department, and the state Parks Department. His interview concentrates on his undergraduate experience as an ROTC member during the escalation of the Vietnam War; his career in the military; and his later work as a civilian.