At the age of 24, Phillip Atherton, a painter, was drafted to fight in Vietnam. He deployed in October 1966 and returned two years later.
When he was first deployed, he was scared, he said.
“They wouldn’t tell me where I was going, but I knew I was going to Vietnam,” said Atherton.
“(When) I got drafted, I just did what I needed to do to serve my country and got out,” he said.