Arizona mining town was a gold mine for Vietnam War-era military recruiters
Sept. 26, 2017
During the Vietnam War, small-town America was a prime target for military recruiters, and the mining town Morenci, Arizona, was no different.
When the conflict in Vietnam began to escalate, many Morenci High School seniors saw the war as a way to escape a life as a copper miner, one of the only options in the 6,000-person town. Nine recruits left Morenci to fight in the war, and the last remaining member of the Morenci Nine spoke with Arizona PBS about his experience. His story is a part of the ongoing series, “Vietnam: Arizona Stories.”