“We got back from on a patrol, and somebody says ‘There was a newscaster that was interviewing people from Utah’ so they sent me over,” Rasmussen told current KSL reporter Keith McCord. Rasmussen who was 24 at the time, was a Lance Corporal in Fox Company, 2nd Battalion of the First Marines.
Rasmussen’s family asked the Salt Lake City NBC affiliate to dig up the archival footage to celebrate his birthday. He had never seen the interview showing him as a young Marine fighting in Southeast Asia.
His wife Darlene told KSL she remembers watching the interview and remembers Rasmussen saying he didn’t have a girl back home. “Oh, I remember him,” said Darlene. “And jokingly I said, ‘Oh, I’ll be your girlfriend,’ just to myself. It was a dumb college girl trick.” They’ve been married for more than 41 years.
Rasmussen served in Vietnam from 1966 to 1968. About six months after the interview Rasmussen was awarded a Purple Heart after being injured by a land mine.