Oliver Stone describes how he became a soldier in the Vietnam War. The Academy Award winning director describes dropping out of Yale and requesting a position as an infantry soldier on the front lines. “I don’t like the group I had at Yale..the elistists, the privileged kids…I wanted to see the wider world,” Stone tells author Clara Bingham.
He discusses how his experience influenced his later work, especially the Academy Award winning film Platoon. “I became more of a jungle animal.”
Check out more great stories from Vietnam and the 1970 Protest Movement in Clara Bingham’s remarkable book: Witness to The Revolution