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Title Oral History of Ernie Bergman
Collection Oral History
Scope & Content In this oral history, Vietnam veteran Ernie Bergman discusses his life in Mill Valley and his experience serving in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Ernie was born in San Francisco in 1948, and his family moved to Mill Valley one year later. His father was a sea captain from Sweden, and his mother was a registered nurse from Iowa. Ernie discusses fond memories of growing up in Mill Valley, including his time as a student at Tamalpais High School. As graduation approached Ernie eagerly joined the Navy and later received orders that would take him to the Philippines, Vietnam and Japan. Ernie describes the great feeling of camaraderie and brotherhood he felt as a serviceman, and also discusses the strong anti-veteran sentiment he experienced upon his return to Marin. Back in the States, Ernie began studying for a master's degree at San Francisco State and then midway through the program went to work for stock brokerage and securities firm Dean Witter. Diagnosed with cancer in 1977, Ernie discusses his battle against the disease and his experience undergoing experimental treatments. After regaining his health, he resumed working for Dean Witter and later went on to work for State Farm Insurance. He eventually became a retirement investment counselor. During this time, Ernie also shared his life experience by lecturing at high schools.

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Dates of Creation 2008-03-20
Narrator's name Bergman, Ernie
Interviewer Owings, Alison
Extent and Medium Transcript: 28pp
Recording: 01:39:33
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Object ID 2016.021.001
Object Name Recording
Copyrights Transcript and recording copyright Mill Valley Public Library, 2008. Materials are made available for research purposes only; all rights are reserved to the Mill Valley Public Library. Requests for permission to quote for publication or for any other usage must be obtained from the Library.