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Interview with Robert M. Rankin

Item Number: OH0370
 Oral History
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Laura Calkins, PhD
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  • Existence: 04 May 2004

General Note / OCR

(USN) Robert M. ('Mike') Rankin was born in 1937 in Arkansas. In 1959 he graduated from the University of Arkansas, where he was in ROTC, and he earned an MD from the University of Tennessee in 1963. Drafted under the Berry Plan, in 1964-65 Mike served with Destroyer Division 102 and then was the Senior Medical Officer with Destroyer Squadron 232 on Yankee Station in Vietnam. Mike was also temporarily posted with several Marine units in I Corps and in the Delta. From 1966-88 Mike was on active status with the Navy Reserve, and 1988-98 he was on inactive status; he retired from the Navy Reserve in 1998. Mike also served in the Peace Corps in Ethiopia 1972-73, and he later became a specialist in public and mental health programs. In 1978 he became Arkansas' Mental Health Commissioner, and between 1980 and 1996 Mike worked for Veterans' Administration Hospitals in San Francisco and Oakland CA, pioneering in the treatment of veterans wiith PTSD, substance abuse, mental health issues, and HIV/AIDS. Mike is currently a Clinical Professor of Psychiatry at George Washington University.

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OH0370, Dr. Robert Rankin Collection, The Vietnam Center and Archive, Texas Tech University

Added: 01 Jul 2004 [Updated: 14 May 2010]