KOOB, WILLIAM LINDSAY, III, INTERVIEWEE, 1946-

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KOOB, WILLIAM LINDSAY, III, INTERVIEWEE, 1946-

Transcript and audio of oral history interview, Ladson, S.C., 2010 February 26.
Interviewed by Kerry Taylor, Director of The Citadel's Oral History Program and Assistant Professor in The Citadel History Department.
Transcript 91 p., 1 CD 03:31:06.

William Lindsay Koob, III, (b. 1946) is a Citadel graduate (1968) who served fourteen years in the US Army intelligence.In 1987, he admitted under interrogation to being a homosexual and was forced to resign his commission. A short time later, he came out to his parents and brother: “I told the whole story, and by that time I was in tears. My brother said a few things, and basically,everyone sat and waited for my father to respond--the retired army colonel. Here I was, the third generation of my family to serve in the military. But, my dad just kind of sat there, looking down at the table. After a while, he just got up from the table, and he walked around, and he pulled me to my feet and said, ‘Son, I don't like it, I don't understand it. I’m going to have to think about this for a long time, but you're my son and I love you.’ Could I have asked for anything more? No.” Koob further reported that his Citadel classmates, following the leadership of their company commander, have been accepting of his homosexuality: “I am still one of the brotherhood. And, for that, I will be eternally grateful.” Koob, who resides in Ladson, South Carolina, is an accomplished classical music critic and journalist.


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