Raschke, John S.

John S. Raschke grew up on a farm near Geneseo, Illinois, and enlisted in the Army in 1966. While in training to become a medic, he volunteered to attend the Engineer branch's Officer Candidate School. Following language training, he served in the Mekong Delta region of South Vietnam as an advisor, assigned to MAC-V (Military Advisory Command-Vietnam). Raschke spent 1969-1970 advising South Vietnamese army units on engineering and infantry issues, becoming immersed with their culture and way of life.